Jennifer Lopez befriended erotic dancers to research Hustlers role

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers. The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts. “I listened to what it was like t…

Jennifer Lopez got to know a few erotic dancers as she was preparing to play a stripper in new movie Hustlers.

The singer/actress visited strip clubs and spent time with the performers backstage in between their acts.

“I listened to what it was like to have a career as a dancer,” she told WENN. “I soaked up the atmosphere and wanted to learn how to do things authentically, including pole dancing.”

J.Lo then trained for almost six months in preparation for the film, erecting a portable stripper pole in every city she visited.

However, she admitted learning to pole dance was really tough: “I was using a group of muscles I hadn’t ever tested before, so I walked away with fresh bruises after every session. My shoulders and back are still recovering!”

And she came away with a new respect for strippers.

“Most of these women are just trying to get by. Their struggles are 100 per cent relatable. They want to take care of themselves and their families,” the 50-year-old commented. “I think everyone deserves respect, consideration, and the ability not to be judged based on choices they’ve made, even bad choices. The truth is we’re all hustling, negotiating, striving to get through the day to win the battles we must fight. Women are constantly sexualised, but when they find a way to profit from that, all of a sudden, it’s a problem.

“In movies, strippers are painted as throwaways or just background characters. Hustlers digs into the stories of these women’s lives and shows the good, the bad, and the ugly. I think people are going to appreciate the realness of this movie and its characters.”

Hustlers, based on Jessica Pressler’s 2015 New York Magazine article titled The Hustlers at Scores, also stars Constance Wu, Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Cardi B, and Lizzo. The film is set to hit cinemas from 13 September.

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Lizzo struggles to accept her natural hair: ‘I’m working on it’

Lizzo is struggling to accept her natural hair but eventually wants to ditch wigs and weaves.The Juice hitmaker, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is an exuberant and confident character during her gigs and appearances on the red carpet. However, L…

Lizzo is struggling to accept her natural hair but eventually wants to ditch wigs and weaves.

The Juice hitmaker, real name Melissa Viviane Jefferson, is an exuberant and confident character during her gigs and appearances on the red carpet.

However, Lizzo explained during a new interview with The Hollywood Reporter that she is on a “journey” to self-love and wants to fully embrace her own tresses.

“The final frontier for me is the wigs and the weaves – my natural hair, my natural state truly,” she candidly shared. “I’m working on it. It’s a struggle. We’re not there yet. There’s no top of the mountain for self-love. It’s a journey that continues forever, so I think it’s a part of it. You gotta love that part. That’s the juiciest part of you though.”

Elsewhere in the chat, Lizzo explained that she is open to stripping away costumes and cosmetics too, as she is adamant everyone should be able to embrace their nude bodies.

“Loving who you are should start in the buff. You should essentially, by the end of your self-love journey, be completely in love with who you are with no make-up, no extra hair, no styling, no corsetry. That’s my opinion for my life – I don’t think anybody should have to subscribe to that,” the 31-year-old mused. “But I feel like if I can love that person, then anything else is possible within the spectrum of self-love. My skin, my face, no make-up – that’s fine.”

And the singer, who wore a House of Holland wood-grain inspired outfit – complete with matching nails – to the BET Awards back in June, revealed she loves turning “jokes” into offbeat ensembles.

“I really love my team, my creative team: hair, make-up, styling. We get to just really play around. We love exploring with colour, shapes, motifs, big ideas, and jokes. Turning jokes into a red carpet look is what we do best. My personality, you can see it. I don’t even have to say nothing. I walk into a room and you know what’s up,” Lizzo smiled.

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Ezra Miller talks ‘transformative’ power of beauty products

Ezra Miller has long been fascinated by the way cosmetics have “transformative” power.The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star has hit headlines in recent months over his head-turning red carpet looks, such as the padded Moncler gown he wore to…

Ezra Miller has long been fascinated by the way cosmetics have “transformative” power.

The Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them star has hit headlines in recent months over his head-turning red carpet looks, such as the padded Moncler gown he wore to a film premiere last November, and the trippy eyeball face make-up and Burberry suit he sported to the Met Gala in May.

Now, Miller has opened up about the way make-up informs his imagination.

“Doing make-up and putting on nail polish at home with my sisters was really important to my relationship with gender expression,” he told CR MEN. “I’ve been naturally physically androgynous my whole life. There are times that my family collectively recalls when people presumed we were three sisters. And then being exposed to (make-up) through productions that had overtly transformative beauty created constant engagement of imagination.”

Miller went on to explain that he also views cosmetics as a means of helping to “represent one’s truest form”.

Taking his love of beauty products to the next level, Miller was recently named as one of the faces of Urban Decay’s Pretty Different campaign.

Also starring Lizzo, The Act actress Joey King, Colombian singer Karol G and South Korean singer-songwriter CL, the actor sports a slick of bright red lipstick in the imagery.

“I’ve had so many experiences of being obviously a weirdo. Gravitated towards the bizarre. And I think that’s sort of the quintessence of the lesson,” the 26-year-old commented of the way in which the campaign celebrates diversity.

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Javier Bardem in talks to join live-action The Little Mermaid – report

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with …

Javier Bardem is reportedly in talks to join the cast of the upcoming Disney remake of The Little Mermaid.

The Oscar-winning actor is circling the role of mermaid princess Ariel’s father King Triton, according to editors at website The Disinsider, with the report also confirmed by Deadline.

If cast, Bardem will join R&B singer Halle Bailey, who has been announced as Ariel, while Harry Styles has become an early favourite to land the role of love interest Prince Eric.

Melissa McCarthy, Jacob Tremblay, and Awkwafina have also been linked to parts in the film, a remake of the 1989 animated classic, to be directed by Chicago filmmaker Rob Marshall.

Earlier this month, Terry Crews put himself forward for the role of King Triton, sharing a digitally altered picture of himself as the underwater ruler on Twitter.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor captioned the image.

He’s not the only star fighting for a role in the film – singer Lizzo is also keen to take on the part of sea witch Ursula in the movie, and recently posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus online and appeared to audition for the part.

Bardem has previously worked with Disney on 2017’s Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales, in which he played the main antagonist Armando Salazar. The 50-year-old most recently starred in Everybody Knows opposite his wife Penelope Cruz, is currently filming Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, a feature adaptation of Frank Herbert’s sci-fi novel, and is in the post-production phases of Sally Potter’s drama Molly, which follows a turbulent 24 hours in the life of a father and daughter.

The live-action remake of The Little Mermaid is expected to begin filming shortly. A potential release date has not been announced.

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Terry Crews wants to play King Triton in The Little Mermaid reboot

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp. The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ar…

Terry Crews has urged film bosses at Disney to cast him as King Triton in the upcoming The Little Mermaid revamp.

The live-action remake hit headlines last week when it was announced that Halle Bailey, from sibling R&B duo Chloe x Halle, would play Ariel, news which led to much debate on social media, with some people praising her casting and others expressing outrage that an African-American would be portraying the mermaid, who was white in the 1989 animated version.

Crews has now put himself forward to play King Triton, Ariel’s father, by sharing an edited picture in which his top half has been Photoshopped onto a still of the underwater ruler.

“Ariel’s Dad!!!!” the Brooklyn Nine-Nine star captioned the picture, and followed it by joking, “Good thing I skip leg day because mermen don’t have legs!”

The 50-year-old isn’t the only star who has thrown his hat into the ring – singer Lizzo is so committed to playing sea witch Ursula in the movie she posted footage of herself dressed up as the octopus. However, editors at Variety recently reported that Bridesmaids star Melissa McCarthy is already in talks for the villainous role.

Besides Bailey, Ocean’s 8 star Awkwafina is set to portray Scuttle, a seagull character, while Room actor Jacob Tremblay is rumoured to be portraying Ariel’s fish friend Flounder.

The Little Mermaid reboot is being directed by Rob Marshall, who is known for musicals such as Chicago and Into the Woods. His Mary Poppins Returns writer David Magee is working on the screenplay, which is based on a tale by Hans Christian Andersen, with Kingsman: The Secret Service’s Jane Goldman.

Lin-Manuel Miranda will be producing and working on the music with Disney veteran Alan Menken.

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Lizzo and Ezra Miller front Urban Decay’s new Pretty Different campaign

Lizzo and Ezra Miller have been tapped to star in Urban Decay’s Pretty Different campaign.The stars are among the five new spokespeople for the U.S. cosmetics company, with The Act actress Joey King, Colombian singer Karol G and South Korean singer-son…

Lizzo and Ezra Miller have been tapped to star in Urban Decay’s Pretty Different campaign.

The stars are among the five new spokespeople for the U.S. cosmetics company, with The Act actress Joey King, Colombian singer Karol G and South Korean singer-songwriter CL also fronting the advertisements, with all of the personalities chosen for their work in championing uniqueness.

In her Pretty Different photoshoot, Lizzo is seen gazing at the camera while rocking bright blue eyeshadow and light pink lip gloss, and the Juice hitmaker noted that the concept perfectly aligns with her own values, especially in relation to advocating for body positivity and self-love.

“I definitely fell to the pressure of trying to fit in to the social norm,” the 31-year-old reflected. “When I decided to embrace myself. And who I was fully I noticed that the world fell in love with me, more and more and more.”

While Joey is depicted sporting bright coral eyeshadow, Karol G sports glittery black eye make-up, CL opts for metallic purple eyeliner and Ezra wears a slick of bright red lipstick.

“I’ve had so many experiences of being obviously a weirdo. Gravitated towards the bizarre. And I think that’s sort of the quintessence of the lesson,” the Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them actor commented of the campaign.

The five new brand ambassadors will appear in upcoming Urban Decay launches throughout the year.

And Wende Zomnir, Urban Decay’s founding partner, is thrilled to be teaming with such an exciting set of personalities.

“Pretty Different is our anthem for fellow make-up junkies who don’t subscribe to beauty standards,” she stated. “It’s our tribute to individuality because everyone is pretty different. It’s our approach to reinventing what it means to be a beauty brand.”

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Lizzo turns heads in woodgrain-inspired outfit at 2019 BET Awards

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland tu…

Lizzo made a sartorial statement in a woodgrain-inspired number at the 2019 BET Awards on Sunday night.

The Juice hitmaker posed up a storm as she made her entrance at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, with her quirky outfit from House of Holland turning heads.

Lizzo, who also performed her hit song Truth Hurts during the ceremony, accessorised her look with matching hat and handpainted shoes, as well as a custom manicure by Eri Ishizu.

Taking to Instagram, the 31-year-old posted several snaps of her ensemble, and added the captions, “No I’m not a branch at all look baby I’m the whole damn tree! CUSTOM WOODGRAIN LEWK FOR THE @BETAWARDS,” and “Ooop! Did I give you a woody?”

A number of Lizzo’s celebrity pals were quick to praise her outfit, with actress Anna Faris writing, “Yeah!!” and Queer Eye star Jonathan Van Ness commenting, “Slay us to death queen dayum (sic),” alongside a string of heart eye emojis.

Other stars to pull out all of the stops for the 2019 BET Awards included Rihanna, who sported a full black leather outfit when presenting Mary J. Blige with the Lifetime Achievement Award, and Ciara, who wore a tangerine Jean Paul Gaultier dress with dramatic sleeves. The Goodies star completed her look with Stuart Weitzman shoes and jewellery from Anita Ko.

The Real Housewives of Atlanta personality Eva Marcille showed off her growing baby bump in a flowing pink gown from Michael Costello, Karrueche Tran wowed in a bright yellow suit as she walked the blue carpet with American football player Victor Cruz, and Black-ish star Yara Shahidi opted for a striking Prabal Gurung look complete with silver sequin skirt.

La La Anthony rocked a gold minidress, Migos trio Quavo, Takeoff, and Offset looked dapper in pastel suits with harnesses, and Blac Chyna went for a bombshell vibe in a red dress and platinum blonde wig, while host Regina Hall looked stunning in a black dress with voluminous sleeves.

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Whoopi Goldberg calls on Disney bosses to make Sister Act sequel

Whoopi Goldberg is urging Disney bosses to seriously consider making a third Sister Act movie after popstar Lizzo paid homage to the hit franchise at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The singer took the stage at the California ceremony on Saturday to b…

Whoopi Goldberg is urging Disney bosses to seriously consider making a third Sister Act movie after popstar Lizzo paid homage to the hit franchise at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The singer took the stage at the California ceremony on Saturday to belt out her hit song Juice while wearing a purple choir robe with a pink stole, appearing to channel Lauryn Hill’s character in the finale of Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit, in which she began the group’s set as a soloist.

The camera then cut to a group of Lizzo’s dancers waiting backstage, who had been dressed in the same attire, as an assistant told them, “Lizzo says take off your robes,” mimicking the scene at the end of the 1993 comedy.

Lizzo and her crew all ended up stripping off their robes to reveal their real costumes underneath as they launched into the uptempo performance, while they also incorporated a few signature dance moves from the film into the awards show gig.

The Sister Act tribute earned the musician high praise from Whoopi online after tuning into the MTV broadcast on Monday, and during an appearance on her daytime talk show The View on Wednesday, the veteran actress took the opportunity to call on movie officials at Disney to grant the surviving members of the cast their wish to turn the series into a trilogy.

“I want to point out to anyone who’s not sure if Sister Act still works, just saying (sic)!” Whoopi remarked. “It was part of folks’ (childhoods) growing up. Lizzo was five when Sister Act 2 came out; she’s 31 now…”

She went on to reveal fans are always asking about a potential sequel, but the decision is ultimately not up to her.

“The question that I get all the time is, ‘How come y’all haven’t done it again (made another Sister Act movie)? Everybody else has done it (remakes/sequels),'” Whoopi explained. Then, looking directly into the camera, she pointedly added, “Hey, Disney…!”

The star, who portrayed Sister Mary Clarence, previously reunited with her Sister Act co-stars Kathy Najimy, Wendy Makkena, and Harvey Keitel, and the film’s music supervisor Marc Shaiman, in September 2017 to celebrate its 25th anniversary, and admitted she would love to reprise the role once more – as long as studio bosses came up with a good script and kept Marc onboard.

Disney chiefs have yet to respond to Whoopi’s wish, although in 2015, they unveiled plans to reboot the original movie, about a Las Vegas lounge singer who enters the witness protection programme under the guise of a nun at a church.

In addition to spawning a 1993 sequel, Sister Act was also turned into a hit stage musical, debuting on Broadway in 2011.

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Jada Pinkett Smith to receive Trailblazer honour at MTV Movie & TV Awards

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards. The Bad Moms actress will receive the honour, which is bestowed upon “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment,” from her G…

Jada Pinkett Smith will be honoured with the Trailblazer Award at the 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards.

The Bad Moms actress will receive the honour, which is bestowed upon “game-changing creators with fresh and fearless voices in entertainment,” from her Girls Trip co-star Tiffany Haddish at the ceremony.

“Jada has been a powerhouse since the beginning of her career and has achieved multi-hyphenate status throughout,” said Amy Doyle, general manager of MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo, in a statement. “She is the epitome of someone who is not afraid to challenge the status quo and we are thrilled to present her with this year’s Trailblazer Award.”

The Red Table Talk show host, who can soon be seen playing an FBI agent in Angel Has Fallen in August, will follow in the footsteps of previous honourees which include Shailene Woodley, Channing Tatum, Emma Watson and Emma Stone, and most recently, screenwriter/actress Lena Waithe.

The big nominees going into the ceremony are Avengers: Endgame, Ruth Bader Ginsburg documentary RBG and TV show Game of Thrones, with four each. Endgame leads the nominees for Best Movie, which also includes BlacKkKlansman, Spider-Man: Into the Spider-Verse, To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before, and Us, while the contenders for Best Show, alongside Game of Thrones, include Big Mouth, The Haunting of Hill House, Riverdale, and Schitt’s Creek.

The 2019 MTV Movie & TV Awards will be hosted by Shazam! actor Zachary Levi at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, California on 17 June. Singer Lizzo and rapper/producer Bazzi will perform at the ceremony.

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Tess Holliday ‘never felt confident’ before she started modelling

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.A…

Tess Holliday never felt confident about her body before she started her career in modelling.

The plus-size beauty had worked as a make-up artist and stylist before she moved to Los Angeles and signed her first modelling deal in 2011, at the age of 26.

And in a new essay Tess has penned for InStyle, she confessed that the career move had finally helped her to accept her figure and feel sexy.

“Modelling changed my life. That sounds really cheesy, but it’s true,” she gushed. “I never felt confident before I got on set; there was never any clothing I felt good or sexy in. Now I feel the most on top of my game when I’m at a photo shoot.”

Tess went on to write about her success and claimed that she wants to use her platform to create work that makes people of all shapes and sizes feel represented.

“I thrive in (the studio) space because I know I am the person I always dreamed of being,” the 33-year-old considered. “And I’m creating something that’s going to be around much longer than me, something that brings more visibility to the world so little kids and women feel represented.”

Despite embracing her newfound confidence, Tess revealed that she still faces criticism from online trolls on a daily basis and has started going to therapy to “try and make sense of it all”.

The star, who lauds actress Danielle Brooks and songstress Lizzo among her personal inspirations, insisted that she now tries to take the opportunity to educate her critics rather than simply firing back at them.

“I will tell someone to f**k off if they deserve it, but I’d rather come from a place of compassion,” she added.

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