Michael Caine dishes on former co-star Beyonce’s Oscar dreams

Michael Caine has recalled how Beyonce once spoke to him about her desire to win an Oscar.The Hollywood veteran and the music superstar both appeared in 2002 spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, in which Beyonce won praise for her performance as Fox…

Michael Caine has recalled how Beyonce once spoke to him about her desire to win an Oscar.

The Hollywood veteran and the music superstar both appeared in 2002 spy comedy Austin Powers in Goldmember, in which Beyonce won praise for her performance as Foxxy Cleopatra.

However, in a new interview with Rolling Stone, Michael opened up about a chat he once had with the former Destiny’s Child singer on the set of the project, and how she was very open about her acting goals.

“I knew she was a singer and had a group. I asked her one day, ‘What do you want to do with your life, Be-yons?’ I always called her ‘Be-yons.’ And she said, ‘I want to win the Academy Award for acting,'” the 85-year-old remembered. “She was very good in the movie, a very competent actress, and I thought she could get somewhere with this. She’s gone far beyond my world. She’s so big now.”

To date, Beyonce has continued to dominate the music industry with her hit songs, winning 22 Grammy Awards, and receiving 66 nominations. She also has 25 MTV Video Music Awards to her name, though the closest she has come to the Academy Awards was for her performance in 2006 musical movie Dreamgirls, in which she played the lead character, Deena Jones.

Though she didn’t score any nominations, three songs she sings in the film – Listen, Love You I Do, and Patience – were nominated for Best Original Song, while Dreamgirls garnered nods in eight categories at the 2007 edition of the prizegiving, with Jennifer Hudson eventually receiving the golden statuette for Best Supporting Actress for her role as Effie White.

Beyonce, 37, has since had other acting roles, including in 2008’s Cadillac Records, in which she played Etta James, while she is currently voicing the role of Nala in Disney’s upcoming live-action remake of The Lion King.

She was at one time also attached to star in Clint Eastwood’s A Star Is Born remake but had to step down when she fell pregnant with her daughter Blue Ivy, now seven.

Eastwood subsequently abandoned the project and Bradley Cooper took over as director and star, recruiting Lady Gaga to play his onscreen love interest.

Gaga was nominated in the Best Actress category when the Academy Awards nods were announced on Tuesday (22Jan19).

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Bebe Rexha: ‘I can’t find a designer for the Grammys’

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month – because she is “too big”. The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday (21Jan19) …

Bebe Rexha can’t find a designer to dress her for the Grammy Awards next month – because she is “too big”.

The singer, who is nominated in the Best New Artist and Best Country Duo/Group Performance categories, took to social media on Monday (21Jan19) to explain her predicament three weeks before music’s big night, revealing she’s struggling to find an outfit.

“A lot of times artists will go and talk to designers, and they’ll make them custom dresses to walk the red carpet…,” the Meant to Be star says in a video posted to Instagram. “I had my team hit out a lot of designers, and a lot of them do not want to dress me because I’m too big.

“If a size 6/8 is too big then I don’t know what to tell you. Then I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses… To all the people that said that I’m thick… f**k you, I don’t want to wear your f**king dresses.”

Bebe captioned the video: “Im sorry, I had to get this off my chest. If you don’t like my fashion style or my music that’s one thing. But don’t say you can’t dress someone that isn’t a runway size. We are beautiful any size! Small or large! Anddddd My size 8 a** is still going to the Grammys.”

She isn’t the first real-size celebrity to speak out about the red carpet snobbery surrounding designers refusing to dress certain body types – comedian Leslie Jones took aim at the fashionistas when she couldn’t find anyone to dress her for the Ghostbusters premiere in 2016 – she took to Twitter to voice her disdain, writing: “It’s so funny how there are no designers wanting to help me with a premiere dress for movie. Hmmm that will change and I remember everything.”

She refused to name the designers she reached out to, but Christian Siriano stepped forward and offered to dress her, stating: “I love Leslie and can’t wait to make her something fabulous to wear. I dress and support women of all ages and sizes.”

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Jennifer Lopez keeps iconic Versace dress on a mannequin in her closet

Jennifer Lopez keeps her iconic green Versace dress on a “little mannequin” in her closet.The superstar made a splash at the Grammy Awards in 2000 when she stepped out in the silk chiffon number with a very low neckline, with the garment garnering her …

Jennifer Lopez keeps her iconic green Versace dress on a “little mannequin” in her closet.

The superstar made a splash at the Grammy Awards in 2000 when she stepped out in the silk chiffon number with a very low neckline, with the garment garnering her significant media coverage and catapulting her to international fame.

Jennifer still has the dress in her possession, and during a chat with USA Today, explained that it takes pride of place in her undoubtedly large wardrobe.

“It lives in my house. It’s on a little mannequin in my house,” she said, going on to share exactly where she stores the garment. “No, (it’s not in the living room). That would be creepy and weird. It’s like in a closet. It’s on a dress form.”

The dress was originally worn by Amber Valletta at a Versace fashion show in 1999. The 44-year-old model wore a similar ensemble at the Italian luxury brand’s pre-fall 2019 collection presentation in New York City earlier this month (Dec18), however, Jennifer is adamant that she won’t be wearing the updated design.

“I did the whole Versace thing again. I think I’m done with that,” the 49-year-old smiled.

In 2000, Jennifer’s dress had a market value of approximately $15,000 (£12,000). Yet, the Second Act star is adamant that the item is worth much more, considering that Google co-founder Sergey Brin and former executive chairman Eric Schmidt confirmed in 2015 that the attention the dress received at the time of the Grammys led to the creation of Google Images.

“Sergey needs to send me my cheque. Get on it,” she joked.

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Lady Gaga moves to trademark Haus Beauty range – report

Lady Gaga is reportedly moving to secure the copyright to create her own beauty brand.The Bad Romance singer, who is famed for her flamboyant beauty looks, is said to be planning to make a natural move to become a make-up mogul.According to editors at …

Lady Gaga is reportedly moving to secure the copyright to create her own beauty brand.

The Bad Romance singer, who is famed for her flamboyant beauty looks, is said to be planning to make a natural move to become a make-up mogul.

According to editors at The Blast, Gaga’s company Ate My Heart Inc. filed papers in February (18) to secure a trademark for her own cosmetics brand Haus Beauty. The documents state that Haus Beauty plans to develop a comprehensive range of products ranging from foundation, eyeliners, eyeshadows, lipsticks, bronzers, cleansers, beauty milks, perfumes, massage oils, self-tan, and even laundry products.

It’s a natural move for the visually creative singer, who, with her team Haus of Gaga, produces most of the clothing, props, stage sets, and make-up for her live performances, as well as other visual representations of her work, in-house.

Some of the most notable Haus pieces include the “meat dress” worn at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards, and the “egg” vessel Gaga arrived in at the 53rd Grammy Awards.

In 2017, Gaga, real name Stefani Germanotta, moved to secure the trademark for a line of signature wines, wine coolers, punches and cocktails inspired by her family’s eatery.

However, the launch of the wine range, Joanne Trattoria Vino Blanco and Joanne Trattoria Vino Rosso, hit a snag. The US Patent and Trademark Office suspended the artist’s application, claiming the rights to use ‘Trattoria’ are already owned by another US company, reported The Blast.

The current copyright owner submitted an application to use the word Trattoria back in 2015.

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Lana Del Rey channels Old Hollywood with halo headpiece at Grammy Awards

Lana Del Rey channelled Old Hollywood at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18).The 32-year-old singer, who was nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for her record Lust for Life, stepped out in a stunning off-white dress with silver star…

Lana Del Rey channelled Old Hollywood at the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18).

The 32-year-old singer, who was nominated in the Best Pop Vocal Album category for her record Lust for Life, stepped out in a stunning off-white dress with silver star embellishments from Gucci.

Lana accessorised her look with silver platform shoes, a long sparkly necklace, and a white silk rose on her wrist in support of the Time’s Up movement – but it was her halo-like headpiece that really grabbed fashionistas’ attention.

With her dark hair parted down the middle, the twinkling headpiece was placed on the back of her head, with many social media users pointing out at the look was very similar to a costume and headpiece worn by actress and World War II-era inventor Hedy Lamarr in the 1941 movie Ziegfeld Girl.

Lana wasn’t the only celebrity to make a serious sartorial statement on the night though; Beyonce made a powerful tribute to the Black Panther Party with her look.

The singer was joined by her rapper husband JAY-Z and their six-year-old daughter Blue Ivy in the front row of the awards ceremony, and looked glamorous in a black high neck dress with a large black hat from Nicolas Jebran. She matched her look with Lorraine Schwartz jewellery, a Judith Leiber purse, Jimmy Choo shoes, and sunglasses from Alain Mikli.

Beyonce paired her outfit with a slick of bold, purple lipstick and her make-up artist, L’Oreal Paris’ Sir John, revealed that the star made all the decisions when it came to styling, and decided to take inspiration from the revolutionary organisation which was founded in the U.S. in 1966.

“It started with Super Bowl (in January 2016), and here we are,” he told People, referring to Beyonce’s politically-charged halftime show which made explicit reference to the Black Lives Matter movement. “The turtleneck part of the dress tonight – it’s sculptural silhouette. It was a really strong, powerful moment. This is something that is representative of love and solidarity for her people.”

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Kesha wore suit to Grammy Awards to convey her ‘place of empowerment’

Kesha wore a vintage suit to the 2018 Grammy Awards to represent her “place of empowerment”.The popstar has returned to the spotlight following the release of her album Rainbow last August, after experiencing struggles in her professional and personal …

Kesha wore a vintage suit to the 2018 Grammy Awards to represent her “place of empowerment”.

The popstar has returned to the spotlight following the release of her album Rainbow last August, after experiencing struggles in her professional and personal life, including an ongoing legal battle with her former producer Dr. Luke, whom she has accused of sexual, physical and emotional abuse.

Stepping out at the Grammys on Sunday night (28Jan18), Kesha, 30, wore a dark blue two-piece from Nudie’s Rodeo Tailors, a cream silk shirt, and silver glitter ankle boots, with her stylist Samantha Burkhart explaining that the ensemble was carefully curated to mark a new phase for the singer.

“After going through what she’s gone through in the last couple of years, her place of empowerment as a woman is wearing a suit,” Samantha told People. “She doesn’t have to put herself out there and be objectified in a dress. She gets to really make a powerful statement and own her place as a woman and be empowered.”

Kesha’s suit was particularly special, as it was designed by the late tailor Nudie Cohn, who was famous for making elaborate garments for celebrities including Hank Williams, John Lennon, Elton John, Elvis Presley, Cher and Johnny Cash. Cohn himself had worn the suit to his granddaughter’s wedding, and the outfit was especially perfect for the Grammys as it features white rose motifs on the lapels, dovetailing nicely into the evening’s white rose trend in support of the Time’s Up initiative fighting gender inequality and sexual harassment in the workplace.

“We didn’t want to do something that just looks like it’s a great red carpet moment,” the style expert added. “Rather, this is about Kesha and her music, her voice and her message and we want to keep it as authentic to who she is as possible.”

Kesha, who was nominated for Best Pop Solo Performance, had a change of wardrobe for her performance of Praying during the awards ceremony, and took to the stage in a white suit embroidered with colourful flowers from Clinton Bespoke.

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Christian Siriano opens up about ‘dream client’ Kelly Clarkson

Christian Siriano will always jump at the chance to create a dress for Kelly Clarkson.The designer outfitted the singer for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18), which came three weeks after he created her black dress for the Golden Globes. Chr…

Christian Siriano will always jump at the chance to create a dress for Kelly Clarkson.

The designer outfitted the singer for the Grammy Awards on Sunday night (28Jan18), which came three weeks after he created her black dress for the Golden Globes.

Christian has become one of the most in-demand designers since winning Project Runway in 2008, but he says he’ll never be too busy when it comes to Kelly’s wardrobe needs.

“When Kelly’s stylist, Candice Lambert, sends me a text that says, ‘I need a dress for Kelly,’ the answer is always yes, no matter what we have going on in the studio,” he divulged to The Hollywood Reporter.

Kelly rocked the red carpet at Madison Square Garden in New York in a floor-sweeping black gown, which featured gold brocade detailing and a cape-like finish. She also carried a white rose in support of the Time’s Up movement, to end sexual harassment in the workplace.

The colour theme was directly influenced by the 35-year-old’s latest album, Meaning of Life. And although she missed out to Ed Sheeran for the Best Pop Solo Performance prize, Kelly was a winner in the style stakes.

“After making her Golden Globes gown, we immediately started on Grammy options for her,” Christian shared. “I think what we decided on tonight is cool – rock ‘n’ roll – but also still elegant and chic. Her album theme is black and gold, so we decided to play off of that.

“Kelly is a dream client. She takes my advice, appreciates all of the hard work we put into each dress, and is excited each time to try something new. It’s probably the seventh or eighth gown we have created for Kelly and I can’t wait to do more. I love her music, her spirit and, of course, that incredible voice!”

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Stars wear white roses to Grammy Awards in support of Time’s Up

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this m…

Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, and Pink were among the stars who wore white roses to the Grammy Awards on Sunday (28Jan18) in support of the Time’s Up movement.

The fashion statement followed the red carpet blackout at the Golden Globe Awards earlier this month, when stars wore black to take a stand against sexual misconduct and call for equality in Hollywood and other industries.

Earlier this week, female music executives sent emails to the celebrity guests set to attend the Grammys, encouraging them to take part in the floral accessory trend, and as the show kicked off at Madison Square Garden in New York, it was apparent the message had been received loud and clear.

Gaga stepped out in a dramatic black ballgown with flowing train from Armani Prive, and chose to pin her white rose to the lace bodice, while Kelly sported a glamorous black gown with gold embroidery from Christian Siriano, and carried a white rose.

Pink dazzled in an embellished gown with fuchsia, blue, and violet feathers, also by Armani Prive, and walked the red carpet with her six-year-old daughter Willow, who also had a white rose attached to her cute grey dress with a feathered skirt.

Rita Ora had a white rose placed on the bodice of her chic Ralph & Russo gown, Zayn Malik had a rose motif embroidered onto one of the lapels of his pale pink Richard James suit, and country star Thomas Rhett had a tiny white rose added onto his black Gucci suit.

Camila Cabello, who stunned in a red Vivienne Westwood number, showed her support for the cause too, and carried a trio of small white roses as well as a silver purse from Judith Leiber.

Sam Smith, Nick Jonas, and The Chainsmokers also added the floral accessory to their outfits, as did actress Anna Kendrick, comedienne Sarah Silverman, and ceremony host James Corden, while Miley Cyrus and Cardi B each decided to carry a long-stemmed white flower on the red carpet.

The Grammys marks the first music awards show in which celebrities took a collective stance against sexual misconduct.

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Kelly Clarkson to support Time’s Up by wearing white rose to Grammy Awards

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to…

Kelly Clarkson and Rita Ora are among the musicians who will pledge their support to the Time’s Up movement by wearing white roses to the upcoming Grammy Awards.

The planned demonstration, which comes just weeks after the majority of stars wore black to the Golden Globe Awards to support the movement, formed in response to the sexual assault and harassment scandal sweeping Hollywood, has been planned by Meg Harkins, senior vice president at Roc Nation, and Karen Rait, rhythmic promotion at Interscope Geffen A&M Records.

The duo realised that no plans had been put in place for stars attending the biggest night in the music industry to show their support for those who have come forward with tales of sexual assault. Harkins and Rait then assembled around a dozen other women in music, dubbing themselves Voices in Entertainment, for a dinner in New York on Monday (22Jan18) to come up with a plan for Sunday night’s ceremony.

After much discussion, they came up with the symbol of a white rose – which references the white colour the suffragettes wore during their protests and also the hue Hillary Clinton donned at Donald Trump’s presidential inauguration.

Since they set their plan, the Voices in Entertainment have been reaching out to their contacts to encourage them to wear white roses to the event, with Kelly, Rita, Halsey, Cyndi Lauper, Dua Lipa, Rapsody and Tom Morello among those who have agreed to accessorise their ensemble with the flower on Sunday night.

Harkins and Rait have also been in touch with the Time’s Up movement headquarters to discuss their plans for the Grammys, and to ensure that they can coordinate their messages.

“It is an important conversation politically in our country and it’s also a conversation we need to have internally with our artists and our companies,” Harkins told Billboard.com. “We need to say if anyone is feeling like they’re being discriminated against and they don’t feel safe in their workplace, they have people who will support them.”

“Music artists have a lot of impact… So it’s only fitting that that music’s biggest night show the support for equality and safety in the workplace and that people need to be cognisant of their fellow employees,” Rait added.

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SZA eager to debut ‘wild’ Grammys look

Singer SZA can’t wait to step onto the Grammy Awards red carpet in her “wild” dress. The star, born Solana Imani Rowe, created the look with the help of stylist Dianne Garcia – who has dressed the likes of Kendrick Lamar. “We’ve got a dress, and t…

Singer SZA can’t wait to step onto the Grammy Awards red carpet in her “wild” dress.

The star, born Solana Imani Rowe, created the look with the help of stylist Dianne Garcia – who has dressed the likes of Kendrick Lamar.

“We’ve got a dress, and the dress is wild,” she exclaimed to Elle magazine. “I’m low-key excited about the whole look. That’s all I can say, I think.”

The 27-year-old is also anticipating another major moment during the ceremony on Sunday (28Jan17) – her first GAP clothing ad will premiere during the prizegiving.

SZA is headlining the brand’s latest Logo Remix campaign, joining the likes of long line of previous GAP spokeswomen, including Madonna, Cher and Missy Elliot. In the ad, she appears adorned in 80s attire as part of the promo’s throwback theme. For the Love Galore hitmaker, the attire she sports in the commercial was a reflection of her unique style.

“I got really lucky! Seriously,” she said. “They gave me a few options, and that hoodie, it was dope…”

Rowe also was given the chance to perform moves conceived by renowned choreographer Tanisha Scott, who has worked on projects with Beyonce in the past.

“I just love Tanisha,” she shared. “She’s one of the best choreographers in the universe, so I wanted to make her proud when I performed. I really wanted to try and give it my all, with the whole thing.”

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