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Usher enjoys star-studded bash

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Usher celebrated his birthday at a star-studded bash on Monday night (10.14.13).

The ‘Scream’ hitmaker was joined by his prot g e Justin Bieber, his manager Scooter Braun, Sean ‘Diddy’ Combs and the rapper’s girlfriend Cassie for his party at Bootsy Bellows nightclub in West Hollywood, Los Angeles.

‘Pretty Little Liars’ actress Ashley Benson, Miguel and Jermaine Dupri also helped the Grammy-winner celebrate his 35th year, according to EOnline.com.

Usher was presented with a boxing ring-themed cake with a baby photo of himself in the middle.

Pictures on his Instagram site also showed the festivities included a dancing competition.

Several of his other celebrity friends also wished him a happy birthday on Twitter.

Ellen DeGeneres wrote: "Happy birthday, @Usher! He’s one of the most talented musicians and performers I’ve ever met. And I’ve met Weird Al Yankovic."

His former ‘The Voice’ co-star Shakira tweeted: "Dear @Usher, a great colleague, an exemplary artist and human being! Happy bday and many blessings for you today and always!! Shak."

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Naomi Watts made first move towards Liev Schreiber

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Naomi Watts went out of her comfort zone and was more “ballsy” to hit on her longtime boyfriend Liev Schreiber.

The Diana actress and her actor beau have been together since 2005, but if it wasn’t for Watts having the confidence to make the first move, the two may have never been an item.

In an interview with Allure magazine, Watts describes the first time they met, which was at the lavish Met Gala held every year in New York City.

She admits, “It was a lot more ballsy than I would ever normally be. Normally I want a guy to make the first move, and he wasn’t. Then he got up to say he was leaving and I was like, ‘Oh s**t. Probably another couple years are going to pass by.'”

The Australian beauty decided to take matters into her own hands, adding, “I was wildly attracted to him and his work, so I said something cheeky as he was about to walk out. I said, ‘Don’t you want my digits?’ Because I couldn’t possibly say, ‘Would you like my phone number?’

“It made him laugh. He texted me five minutes later saying, ‘Would you like to go for a drink now?’ And I said, ‘No, I’ll meet you for breakfast tomorrow.'”

Watts and Schreiber have two sons together, Alexander, six, and Samuel, four.

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Teresa Palmer shows off baby belly for magazine cover

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Pregnant actress Teresa Palmer has stripped off to flaunt her growing baby belly for a new magazine cover.

The Warm Bodies star, 27, has posed in her black bra and panties for Australia’s Who magazine for its The Body Issue, and in the accompanying interview, the blonde beauty admits she’s embracing her expanding figure after years of fussing over her weight and diet.

She says, “I was exercising so much, and I just wasn’t nourishing my body in the right way. I used to be incredibly militant about the food that I ate. I looked great on the outside, but I wasn’t healthy on the inside. To think that three years ago I was in this place where I was so skinny that I couldn’t have gotten pregnant if I tried.”

The mum-to-be became engaged to actor Mark Webber in August (13) and the couple announced its pregnancy days later.

Palmer isn’t the first star to pose for a photoshoot while pregnant – Demi Moore famously went nude for her revealing Vanity Fair cover in 1991, while Jessica Simpson bared all for Elle magazine as she carried her first child last year (12).

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Simon Pegg to play assassin in new Australian film

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Simon Pegg is to play an assassin in a new Australian movie featuring Liam and Chris Hemsworth’s brother Luke.

Kill Me Three Times will also include Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer and Bryan Brown among the cast.

Principal photography begins this week (ends20Sep13) in and around Perth and the southwest region of Western Australia.

The movie is set in “a sun-drenched Australian surfing town, where a young singer, portrayed by Alice Braga, is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge”.

Pegg’s assassin is hired by the wealthy husband of Braga’s character, and Aussie movie veteran Brown plays a corrupt local cop. Luke Hemsworth portrays Braga’s love interest.

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CBGB movie to open CBGB Film Festival

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Filmmaker Randall Miller’s Cbgb biopic and Green Day star Billie Joe Armstrong’s documentary Broadway Idiot will headline this year’s (13) CBGB Film Festival in New York.

The two movies will launch the five-day event on 9 October (13), a week after CBGB’s premiere in Los Angeles. The film follows the story of Hilly Kristal’s fabled New York club from its conception as a venue for Country, Bluegrass and Blues (CBGB) to what it ultimately became – the birthplace of underground rock ‘n roll and punk.

It features Malin Akerman as Blondie singer Debbie Harry, Alan Rickman as Kristal and Taylor Hawkins as Iggy Pop.

This year’s CBGB Film Festival will also feature movies and documentaries about Husker Du star Grant Hart, Killing Joke, post-punk/funk band E.S.G. and London punk icon Bruno Wizard.

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Will Smith In Talks For ‘Independence Day’ Sequel

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Will Smith is reportedly considering starring in the “Independence Day” sequel. He played U.S. Marine Corps pilot Captain Steven Hiller in the 1996 sci-fi film.

Director Roland Emmerich told Digital Spy.com: “I sometimes say no, Will Smith will not be in it because he didn’t want to do it at first. Now we have a meeting planned, we want to talk about it again. Anything can happen.”

Emmerich wanted to cast some familiar faces from the original movie in the sequel, but prior to the release of Smith’s latest film “After Earth” Emmerich said the actor was “too expensive” to employ.

The director previously said: “Will Smith can not come back because he’s too expensive, but he’d also be too much of a marquee name.

“We have like maybe half of the people that you know would know from the first film (in the script) and the other half people who are new.”

Bill Pullman, who played President Thomas J. Whitmore, and Jeff Goldblum, who was computer expert David Levinson, are returning for the sequel.

“Independence Day” made $800 million worldwide in 1996. Smith’s “After Earth,” released in May 2013, made a disappointing $243 million internationally.

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British Critics Ravage ‘Diana’; ‘Wesley Snipes In A Blonde Wig Would Be More Convincing’

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The highly anticipated royal biopic Diana starring Naomi Watts has come under fire from movie critics in Britain, who have branded the motion picture “fabulously awful,” “tedious” and “cheap.”

The 44 year-old actress takes on the title role of Diana, Princess of Wales in the film, which premiered in the on Thursday night and portrays the late royal in the last years of her life before her death in a car crash in Paris, France in 1997.

Nonetheless, the movie has received a slew of scathing reviews from Britain’s critics in the aftermath of the premiere, with many questioning the movie’s historical accuracy and even slamming the story as a “soap opera” re-imagining of the princess’ life.

Peter Bradshaw of The Guardian gave Diana just one star out of a possible five and heavily criticized the film, writing, “Poor Princess Diana. I hesitate to use the term ‘car crash cinema’. But the awful truth is that, 16 years after that terrible day in 1997, she has died another awful death… The movie isn’t so much Mills & Boon as a horrendous Fifty Shades of Grey with the S&M sex taken out – and replaced with paparazzi intrusion and misunderstood charity work… The moment anyone, anyone at all, opens their mouth we are in TV-movie-land, soap-land.”

The Daily Telegraph‘s David Gritten concurs, singling out the movie’s references to the Paris car crash as a “redundant piece of lurid sensationalism,” adding of the film, “What’s the point of Diana? It’s hardly fascinating. It doesn’t offer new facts about the Princess’s life. And it certainly doesn’t explain her complexity or contradictions. That would take a different, better film altogether.”

David Edwards of the Daily Mirror adds, “Diana can only be described as a fabulously awful film. The Queen of Hearts has been recast as a sad-sack singleton that even Bridget Jones would cross the street to avoid… The film’s a cheap and cheerless effort… Director Oliver Hirschbiegel… should know better… Despite a peroxide hair-job, (Watts) looks, sounds and acts nothing like the Princess of Wales. Wesley Snipes in a blonde wig would be more convincing.”

Christopher Tookey of the Daily Mail also gave the film just one star out of five, branding it “tedious”, “slow” and “terribly, terribly dull”.

The film has also been criticized by the princess’ former lover Dr. Hasnat Khan, who is played by Lost star Naveen Andrews onscreen.

He insists the story is based on “hypotheses and gossip” and is “completely wrong.”

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Ryan Gosling Turned Down ‘Fifty Shades Of Grey’ Role

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Ryan Gosling and Shailene Woodley reportedly turned down “Fifty Shades of Grey.” According to The Hollywood Reporter, they are just two of the stars who declined playing Christian Grey and Anastasia Steele in the big screen-adaptation of E.L. James’ best-selling erotic book.

Gosling purportedly turned down the part early on in the casting process because he wasn’t interested in the role. Another actor, Garrett Hedlund, bowed out because he “couldn’t connect with the character.”

Woodley was interested in playing Anastasia; however, a scheduling conflict tied up with her promotional duties for upcoming film “Divergent” thwarted her plans to accept the role.

Alicia Vikander, Imogen Poots and Elizabeth Olsen were also considered for the part.

In the end, director Sam Taylor-Johnson chose “Sons of Anarchy” star Charlie Hunnam and Dakota Johnson – daughter of Melanie Griffith and Don Johnson – to play the wealthy man and college student who start a bondage relationship.

Many fans are displeased with the casting, and an online petition was created on Change.org to find new leads for the upcoming film. It opens in theaters in August 2014.

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Katy Perry Is Queen Of The Jungle In ‘Roar’ Video, Announces School Performance Contest

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Katy Perry made an appearance on Good Morning America on Friday, and during the show she revealed the cover art for her new album, “PRISM”, and shared a big announcement.

Katy debuted the video for her latest single, “Roar”, on Thursday, and Friday morning she announced that she’s got a new contest open to all schools across the U.S.

To enter, students need to put together a two-minute video showing their biggest “Roar” and submit it to GoodMorningAmerica.com between Sept. 11 and Oct. 1, and Katy will pick the winner on October 1st.

What’s the prize? Katy will show up to the winning school on her birthday (Oct. 25) to put on a live concert, which will be broadcast live on GMA.

If you missed it on the JUMBOTRON on @GMA, here it is – my #PRISM album cover, shot by the wonderful Ryan McGinley!” She tweeted after the show with a photo of the new artwork. “PRISM” is out Oct. 22.

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Check out the new video for “Roar”:

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Ben Affleck Is The New Batman

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Warner Bros. has stunned the moviegoing public by casting Ben Affleck as the next Batman.

The Academy Award winning actor and director will don the cowl and replace Christian Bale, who said previously he was done playing the DC Comics legend after starring in three films.

Affleck’s first appearance as Bruce Wayne as his crime fighting alter ego will be in 2015, when he will appear alongside Henry Cavill in the Man of Steel sequel, a Batman-Superman feature. Zack Snyder is set to direct.

“We knew we needed an extraordinary actor to take on one of DC Comics’ most enduringly popular Super Heroes, and Ben Affleck certainly fits that bill, and then some. His outstanding career is a testament to his talent and we know he and Zack will bring new dimension to the duality of this character,” Warner Bros. president of creative development Greg Silverman said in a statement that announced the casting news.

Snyder said, “Ben provides an interesting counter-balance to Henry’s Superman. He has the acting chops to create a layered portrayal of a man who is older and wiser than Clark Kent and bears the scars of a seasoned crime fighter, but retain the charm that the world sees in billionaire Bruce Wayne. I can’t wait to work with him.”

It was previously believed a lesser-known actor would take over of Christian Bale. A rumored list included Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling, Joe Manganiello, Richard Armitage, Max Martini, and Matthew Goode.

This isn’t the first time Affleck tried on some superhero tights. He played Daredevil to mixed reviews and Superman portrayer George Reeves in Hollywoodland.

What do you think of Ben Affleck as Batman?

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