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Vanessa Hudgens Admits To Pal Ashley Tisdale: ‘I’d Rather Kiss A Girl Than A Guy’

26 Jul

Vanessa Hudgens is taking girl talk to a whole other level.

The actress will star in a new E! special with former High School Musical co-star – and lifelong BFF – Ashley Tisdale, where their one-on-one conversations are broadcast for all to see.

In a preview for the show, Tisdale quizzes Hudgens about her on-screen lip lock (which is a more polite term for threesome if you’ve seen Spring Breakers) with James Franco.

“I’d rather kiss a girl than a guy,” she responds bluntly.

The sneak peek clip also shows the girls sipping on wine and practicing their twerking skills – so there’s also that to look forward to if you can’t find a rerun of Sex and the City.

Titled Vanessa and Ashley: Inner Circle, the special will premiere Thursday, August 8.

Stephen Colbert Throws an All-Star Daft Punk Dance Party

24 Jul

What do you do when Daft Punk is a no-show? Throw an all-star dance party to their hit, “Get Lucky,” without them, of course.

That’s what Stephen Colbert did on Colbert Report Tuesday, calling on the likes of Hugh Laurie, Jeff Bridges, Bryan Cranston, Jimmy Fallon, Matt Damon, the Rockettes, Jon Stewart (via satellite), the entire production of America’s Got Talent and even (inexplicably) former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger to groove to “Get Lucky” in what will go down as one of the show’s greatest music videos.

Daft Punk, the enigmatic electro-pop duo, had to skip their scheduled performance on Colbert‘s summer concert series, StePhest Colbchella – “the anti-establishment, convention-destroying rock and roll ethos brought to you by Hyundai” – due to contractual obligations with Comedy Central’s sister network, MTV (read: Daft Punk at Video Music Awards!).

“You see, we booked Click and Clack over here about a month ago,” Colbert explained. “Apparently – and this is a deeply guarded secret, so shhh! – Daft Punk are going to make a surprise appearance on the MTV Video Music Awards – spoiler alert. Don’t tell anybody, because fun fact: No one told me until two o’ clock yesterday.”

After “Get Lucky” was all danced and done, Robin Thickeperformed his Song of the Summer, “Blurred Lines,” in Daft Punk’s place.

Justin Timberlake’s ‘The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2’ Review: Album Of The Year?

13 Jul

The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2

Not many musicians would release a second album just six months after a massively successful one and a sold-out stadium tour with the reigning King of Hip Hop, Jay Z. But most musicians aren’t Justin Timberlake. “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” unfathomably tops its predecessor with an operatic exploration of soul, country, funk, R&B swaddled in JT’s legendary charisma.

If “The 20/20 Experience” was about the simple act of falling in love, 2 of 2 encapsulates the complicated work of sustaining it. The initial seduction is explored in the “Thriller”-esque “True Blood” and the ode to bedroom stripteases “Cabaret” featuring Drake. The darker times when love and hate are one in the same are referenced in the pain-smudged bluesy stunner “Drink You Away” and the scathingly badass rock-soul hybrid “Only When I Walk Away.” The sunny “Not A Bad Thing” details the happily ever after.

As with Experience, most songs are at least five minutes long with extended outros, which can enhance a track’s strengths or exaggerate its weakenesses. The last minutes of “Only When I Walk Away” is the audible equivalent to cubism, a raw, wild exploration of sound with robust drums and a funked up vocals. The closing riffs of “Not A Bad Thing” is another song entirely about flitting off in a cocoon of love, featuring Timberlake’s caramel voices, an acoustic guitar and a lush orchestra. On the flipside, the additional minutes renders the monstrous banger “True Blood” a little anemic.

Timberlake may rely a little too heavily on uber-producer Timbaland’s mad-scientist production, however, he also proves that beyond the smoke and mirrors burns an inferno of talent. 2 of 2 features Timberlake’s freest and strongest vocals of his career. The frills-free “Drink You Away” is unabashed Memphis soul steeped in a gritty country riff. And “You Got It On”-a showcase of Timberlake’s golden falsetto that rivals that of Maxwell and even the King of Pop himself-is a throwback to classic babymaking R&B. Along with the haunting “Amnesia,” these songs provide the ballads and slow tempos that the breezy “The 20/20 Experience” lacked.

As a whole, “The 20/20 Experience” is undoubtedly a platinum gem in Timberlake’s treasure-trove of a career, and more than likely the best album of the year. It also emphatically solidifies JT as an iconic musician among the greats that influenced him. Most artists directly reference their idols, but Timberlake’s varied inspirations resonate in the space between beats and the breaths between notes. While the musicality and vocals pay homage to Michael Jackson, Queen, Al Green, Marvin Gaye and others, the provocative execution is entirely Timberlake.

Grade: A+

Check out Timberlake’s video for “Take Back The Night.” “The 20/20 Experience: 2 of 2” is available on iTunes and in stores now.

Photo Credits: RCA Recrods

Most Iconic VMA Moments: Beyoncé Puts Her ‘Love on Top’ and Makes a Huge Announcement

10 Jul

Is Beyonc ‘s 2011 performance of “Love on Top” the greatest VMA performance ever? In anticipation of the 2013 MTV VMA ceremony on August 25, we want you to help us name the most iconic VMA moment ever. We’ve selected five of the most memorable performances; vote for your favorite below. Continue reading after the poll for more Beyonc goodies. Return each day this week for a new feature on each of the performances. You may vote once per day.

Return next week to vote for your favorite VMA fashion moment. Then, the week of August 12, we wil ask you to vote for your favorite VMA scandal. And now… it’s voting time!

Hold Onto Your Baby Bumps While We Recall Beyonc ‘s Epic “Love on Top” Performance

Beyonc is one of the greatest performers of our generation, and this is a fact. She brings an incredible, unwavering intensity to her sets, both short and long. Her performance of 4 highlight “Love on Top” at the 2011 VMAs was no exception.

She breezed through the song, hitting every note perfectly. She worked the stage, holding every person in the audience – and every person watching on TV – captive. It was a joyous performance, full of life and energy. And when I say it was “full of life,” I mean that in a very literal way.

Until Queen Bey hit the VMA red carpet earlier that night, no one knew she was pregnant. And even by the time she took the stage, word wasn’t completely out to the masses. So you can imagine (or remember) what happened when, upon finishing the song, Bey silently announced, with the unbuttoning of her jacket and a fierce look in her eyes, that she was expecting her first child.

This was probably the most talked-about moment of the night, and to consider how big a feat that is, please remember that Lady Gaga spent the entire evening in character as her male alter ego, Jo Calderone. Greatest ending to a performance ever? That’s up to you to decide. But if you’re still unsure, just remember how you felt when the camera cut to proud papa Jay-Z and an ecstatic Kanye West. You, like everyone else, felt a wave of happiness rush over you – don’t even try to deny it. Those who weren’t already on their feet rose instantly. #BowDown

Don’t forget to vote for your favorite iconic VMA performance above. Return each day this week to vote again – and for a new feature on the other performances.

Read our feature on Britney Spears’ iconic “I’m a Slave 4 U” performance at the 2001 VMAs.

Read our feature on Lady Gaga’s iconic “Paparazzi” performance at the 2009 VMAs.

Read our feature on Eminem’s iconic “The Real Slim Shady” performance at the 2000 VMAs.

Rebecca Romijn Reveals the Real Reason Her Twins Love Airports

18 Jun

Rebecca Romijn King and Maxwell

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With mom away, Rebecca Romijn‘s twins get plenty of time to play – in the airport bathrooms.

As the actress spends her time on location in Vancouver for King and Maxwell, husband Jerry O’Connell has been busy bringing the couple’s 4 -year-old daughters back and forth from Los Angeles to the Canadian locale.

Fortunately, Charlie and Dolly have found that arriving to their final destination is only half the fun.

“They love visiting airport bathrooms, which we all have to do together – three people in a bathroom is no joke,” Romijn, 40, tells PEOPLE.

“They love going on the airplane so that’s all they really care about.”

But while Charlie and Dolly have become champion fliers, keeping quiet on Romijn’s set doesn’t resonate well with the pair. “Everybody else thinks it’s hilarious and adorable when they visit. It just stresses the parents out relentlessly so they don’t come to set that often,” she says.

Getting the girls used to globetrotting with their actor parents is a priority for the couple as Romijn and O’Connell continue to pursue their onscreen careers. “We figure that if we’re going to be doing this for awhile, we may as well break them in while they’re young,” she says. “They seem to be adapting pretty well to the whole thing.”

Eventually, however, time spent perusing public restrooms will become few and far between when the twins trade in their travels for school books. “They’re going to start kindergarten soon [and] once they’re in real school I guess we’re going to have to pick a spot and stay there, but for now it’s working out,” Romijn says.

With funnyman O’Connell for a father, both girls have naturally inherited a “great sense of humor.” But it’s her daughter Charlie’s curious questions that have Romijn switching from a smile to a straight face.

“A couple of years ago [she started asking], ‘Mom, are you happy?’ – like 50 times a day – which is such a crazy question to get 50 times a day,” she says.

“Depending on how your day is going you answer that question a little bit differently to the point where you’re like, ‘Stop asking me that! That’s a totally annoying question!’ If you have anything on your face besides a smile, they want to make sure you’re okay.”

More recently, the tenacious twins have taken a turn with their slew of inquiries. “Now they ask me if I’m old and they ask Jerry – especially when he’s not wearing a shirt – if he’s strong,” Romijn says.

– Anya Leon

Style School: Makeup Artist Vanessa Curry Demos How To Get Nicki Minaj’s Bold Lips and Lids

13 Jun

Ladies know all too well that makeup that wears off after a few hours isn’t going to cut it on (or off) the red carpet.

So Nicki Minaj and Lady Gaga have been rockin’ the perfect permanent pout and eyelids that as you can imagine aren’t for the faint of fashion heart.

Makeup artist Vanessa Curry shows us step-by-style-step just how to get the glitter glam look from what’s all the lip rage to the latest in eye glamour.

Curry uses Violent Eyes as the perfect way to get eye-popping glittering lids (and that never fail cat eye) with ease in just minutes and they last up to 16 hours!

Watch the Style School video above to get Nicki Minaj’s eye-popping lids and click on the video below to get Lady Gag’s perfect pout.

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Vanessa Hudgens: ‘The Best Part’ Of Playing A Stripper Was Getting To Go To Strip Clubs

12 Jun

If you thought Vanessa Hudgens‘ role in Spring Breakers was raunchy, wait until you take a look at her upcoming flick, The Frozen Ground.

Playing a 17-year-old exotic dancer, the actress says “the best part” was going to all the strip clubs to do research for her psychologically – and definitely physically – challenging role.

“I went to a bunch of strips clubs and got to talk to the strippers,” she tells pal Ashley Tisdale in a preview clip of her E! special, Vanessa & Ashley: Inner Circle.

“I have mad respect for the amazing pole dancers because it takes a lot of work and … they’re like athletes, honestly. What they do is crazy.”

Given that fellow former Disney starlet Miley Cyrus also likes sticking dollar bills in G-strings, maybe the girls can get together for a little reunion.

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