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Rihanna to Release Concept Album Based on DreamWorks Animation

RihannaRihanna is working on a concept album for new animated film Home.

The superstar's next record will be entirely inspired by the new 3D DreamWorks Animation movie, in which she voices a teenager called Gratuity "Tip" Tucci.

Jeffrey Katzenberg, CEO of DreamWorks Animation, revealed the news during the company's quarterly earnings announcement, explaining that Rihanna will perform new songs. While no further details have been confirmed, the release is likely to coincide with the film - based on author Adam Rex's 2007 children's book The True Meaning of Smekday - hitting cinemas this November.

The album will be Rihanna's first since 2012's Unapologetic, and a welcome return from the 26-year-old star, who released a new record every single year from 2009 until 2012. Despite taking a year off in 2013, the hardworking singer remained in the charts by collaborating with Eminem's smash hit "Monster" from his album The Marshall Mathers LP 2 and more recently with Shakira on "Can't Remember to Forget You."


Karl Lagerfeld Casts Keira Knightley as Coco Chanel

Keira Knightley in ChanelKeira Knightley, a favorite of Chanel creative director Karl Lagerfeld, has been hand-picked by the designer to portray Coco Chanel for a short film in celebration of the 100th anniversary of the label's first store in Deuville, France.

Already a celebrity spokesmodel for the French fashion house - whose latest commercials for their Coco Mademoiselle fragrance sparked controversy over its provocative, sensual content - it is no surprise that Lagerfeld decided to cast the A-list film actress to bring Chanel's founder to the screen.

Though the film is planned to be shot on location in Paris, Deuville will be recreated in retro sets that reflect its "original small seaside town charm." French actress Clotilde Hesme has also been cast to play Coco's aunt Adrienne.

While the short's title has yet to be leaked, it is scheduled to premiere in Singapore in conjunction with the unveiling of Chanel's upcoming cruise collection in May.

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Items Du Jour: Westwood Blasts Michelle, Rihanna Surprises Shopper

Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss in 'Catching Fire'+ Fans of The Hunger Games and those with an affinity of couture gowns were excited to see the gorgeous dress Jennifer Lawrence sported in promotional images released for the film last week. Costume designer Trish Summerville spilled the beans on the designer of the dress, who is an Indonesian designer named Tex Saverio.

+ New Harvey Nichols ads for their "Love Thyself" campaign - which features females models appearing to kiss themselves - raised enough eyebrows to warrant 17 complaints to the British Advertising Standards Authority (ASA). Thankfully, they were quickly dismissed.

+ After recently verbally attacking Duchess Catherine over her lack of recycling clothes, fashion designer Vivienne Westwood has now targeted First Lady Michelle Obama, calling her style "dreadful."

+ One lucky Rihanna fan was not only awarded the chance to be one of the first to see the singer's River Island collection but was also treated to a surprise appearance from the singer herself - at her changing room door!

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Backstreet Boys Announce Documentary

Backstreet Boys

Backstreet Boys will release a documentary to celebrate their 20th anniversary. The five piece - comprised of Brian Littrell, Nick Carter, A.J. McLean, Howie Dorough and Kevin Richardson, who rejoined last year after taking some time out - have hired Katy Perry's Part of Me 3D co-producer Stephen Kijak to direct the tell-all movie.

"We always wanted to make a film and now is the ideal time. With Kevin back, the fact that we are masters of our own destiny, a new album in the works and our 20th anniversary -- it all adds up to being the right time to share our story," the group said.

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Justin Bieber Starring in New Concert Movie

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Concerts / Tours, Hip-Hop & Rap, Pop,

Justin BieberJustin Bieber is set to star in a new concert movie.

The "As Long As You Love Me" singer has confirmed he is currently filming a follow up to his big screen hit Never Say Never in Miami, Florida. The 18-year-old Canadian popstar told fans via Twitter on Saturday, "And yeah word is out... we are shooting a movie here in Miami. Need u all live tomorrow again!!"

The singer's new documentary is based on his Believe tour and will be in 3D. Justin's dancer Carlena Britch also shared her excitement over the film, tweeting, "So Miami, help us celebrate tonight & make this a show AND a movie we'll never forget! #BELIEVE3D"

Justin's close pal Aldredo Flores revealed that the footage already looks amazing: "Making another movie! Looks sick. Pretty coo! Pretty coo!"

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Dave Grohl’s Supergroup Unveiled

Dave GrohlDave Grohl's Sound City Players supergroup will include John Fogerty and Stevie Nicks. Former Creedance Clearwater Revival singer John and and Fleetwood Mac vocalist Stevie will join Dave when he unveils the all-star band at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah on January 18.

The band will play at the festival to premiere Dave's new film, Sound City, a documentary about the recording studio of the same name in California. The supergroup will also feature Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic; Cheap Trick's Rick Nielsen; Foo Fighters members Chris Shiflett, Taylor Hawkins, Pat Smear and Nate Mendel; Rage Against the Machine's Brad Wilk and Slipknot's Corey Taylor, among others.

The band are expected to play songs from the soundtrack to Sound City, which was written and recorded especially for the film.

Kurt Cobain Biopic Will “Embody” the Late Musician

Posted by Andru Edwards Categories: Upcoming Releases, Rock,

Kurt CobainBrett Morgan's film about Kurt Cobain will be an "embodiment of his character."

The director has been making a feature based on the late Nirvana frontman's life with his widow, Courtney Love, for the past five years and hopes it will capture all the different parts of the singer's personality. "It'll be an embodiment of his character. If you think about Kurt, he's a contradiction. He could be sincere and sentimental, and also ironic and sarcastic. He was sweet and sour. He was incredibly funny too. The film has to reflect his spirit. The thing about him people might not know too is that he was an incredible visual artist and left behind a treasure chest of comic books, paintings, Super8 films, all sorts," he told NME Magazine.

Brett also aims to be "ambitious" with his film style and is taking inspiration from Pink Floyd's 1982 film The Wall, which saw the band's album of the same name play over a cartoon depicting the songs and showing the construction and eventual demolition of a huge dividing wall.

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Annie Leibovitz Shoots ‘Les Miserables’ Cast for Vogue

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrities, Editorials,

'Les Miserables' cast, shot by Annie Leibovitz

As if there wasn't enough publicity for Tom Hooper's upcoming film adaptation of Les Miserables, Vogue just had to have noted fashion photographer Annie Leibovitz capture the cast for their glossy pages. Admittedly, the content is right up Leibovitz's dark, dreamy alley, but they all basically look like the film's posters - with a more elaborate backdrop. Well, maybe except for the fact that Anne Hathaway does actually look like a dying prostitute (seen after the jump) in these photos.

The editorial - which also features Amanda Seyfriend, Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Helena Bonham Carter, Sacha Baron Cohen, and Isabella Allen - will appear in Vogue's December issue, clearly to coincide with the film's December 25 release date.

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Gaspard Ulliel Cast as Yves Saint Laurent

Posted by Robin Paulson Categories: Celebrities, Fashion Designers, News,

Gaspard Ulliel Yves Saint Laurent

After a "huge audition [process]," French actor Gaspard Ulliel - whom you may recall from Gus Van Sant's heartbreakingly sweet short in Paris, Je T'aime - has been cast as the lead in an upcoming biopic of French fashion designer Yves Saint Laurent.

Announced this past year at the Cannes Film Festival, the film - directed by Bertrand Bonello - will go into production this spring. Although there is neither a formal script nor screenplay just yet, the film is expected to focus on the designer's life from the mid-Sixties to about 1976.

Read More | Screen Daily via The Cut

Dinner and A Will Eisner Movie

Posted by Tom Mason Categories: Movies,

Will Eisner: Portrait Of A Sequential ArtistCheck this out! Danny Fingeroth and The Society Of Illustrators are hosting Will Eisner: Portrait of A Sequential Artist on November 7.

It’s “a full-length feature film documentary about the pioneering comics and graphic novel creator that includes interviews with Eisner and many of the foremost creative talents in the U.S., including Kurt Vonnegut, Michael Chabon, Jules Feiffer, Jack Kirby, Art Spiegelman (who also narrates the film), Frank Miller, Stan Lee, and Gil Kane.”

Before the movie there’s a buffet dinner and after the movie, there will be a panel discussion, led by Fingeroth, that includes Dennis O’Neil, Paul Levitz and movie’s director, Andrew D. Cooke.

After the panel, there’ll be a signing and a sale of DVDs of the movie and “selected works by Eisner," and works by the panelists.

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