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‘Pitch Perfect 2′ Cast Cover ‘Entertainment Weekly,’ Reveal Sequel’s Plot

November 19, 2014 11:32 am
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The cast of Pitch Perfect 2 have been teasing the second installment of the 2012 comedy with Instagram photos of their reunions and from the set. But Entertainment Weekly joined the stars on the movie’s set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, for this week’s issue and pitch-slapped curious fans with some context on the sequel’s plot.

Brittany Snow (Chloe), Anna Kendrick (Beca), and Rebel Wilson (Fat Amy), all don colorful feather boas for the cover of the magazine. While on the set of Universal’s hit movie, EW learned that the Barden Bellas are on a temporary hiatus and Beca will be spending her time as an intern at a recording company.

“I’m just going to be moody and distant — artists love that, right?” Anna’s character says in the movie.

Elizabeth Banks, who plays Effie Trinket in the Hunger Games franchise, appeared in the first Pitch Perfect as the singing judge, Gail. In the second installment, the 40-year-old will find herself behind the camera as the movie’s director.

“This is the stupidest idea I’ve ever had,” she jokes during a break in shooting, according to EW. “My first movie is this huge studio movie that a lot of people care about that also happens to be a musical with massive dance numbers. I don’t know what I was thinking.”

Pitch Perfect, also starring Adam DeVine as Bumper Allen and Skylar Astin as Jesse, will arrive in theaters on May 15, 2015. For more on EW‘s story on Pitch Perfect 2, grab a copy of their latest issue out on newsstands this Friday.

Meghan Trainor Shakes Her ‘Bass’ in Super-Cute ‘Lips Are Movin’ Video

November 19, 2014 10:50 am
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Sassy pop diva Meghan Trainor caught you “working that Photoshop” in her retro music video for “All About That Bass,” and in her newest visual for “Lips Are Movin,” the self-confident 20-year-old is calling you out on your lies.

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M-Train released the pastel-flavored video for the second cut off the forthcoming Title album on Wednesday, which finds the singer-songwriter belting the funky jam while capturing the behind-the-scenes elements.

The visual incorporates scenes of Meghan singing and dancing to the track during hair and makeup, a production crew decorating the sound stage, and cameos from French dancers, Les Twins, flaunting their famed animated dance routines.

“I mean, I wrote about this dude that I worked with at the company and I caught him lying, and I wrote about it in a song with my producer, because he was also [on it],” she explained the track’s inspiration to On Air with Ryan Seacrest. “And we wrote it in eight minutes, man. It was my love song [with] like [a] Sara Bareilles vibe.”

“Lips Are Movin” is the follow-up track to “All About That Bass,” which spent eight straight weeks on the Billboard Hot 100. Both tracks will be featured in her full-length Title album, available for pre-order on iTunes here.

Family Parodies Meghan Trainor’s ‘That Bass’ Into Thanksgiving Anthem

November 19, 2014 9:33 am
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Thanksgiving is just a week away, but the Holderness family is giving us something to be thankful for now.

The family of four reinvented Meghan Trainor‘s chart-conquering hit “All About That Bass” and transformed it into the perfect Turkey Day anthem, “All About That Baste.” In the accompanying music video, the all-American fam gather around the dining room area as they attempt to set the table and prepare a Thanksgiving meal.

The Raleigh, North Carolina family — Penn (dad), Kim (mom), Lola (daughter), and Penn Charles (son) — became instant Internet sensations after releasing their holiday hit, “Christmas Jammies,” and their back to school parody, “Baby Got Class.”

‘Cinderella’ Meets Prince Charming in First Live-Action Trailer: Watch

November 19, 2014 9:24 am
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Disney’s classic animated film, Cinderella, made its blockbuster debut in 1950, and now, 65 years later, the fairy tale will make its return on the big screen as a live-action reboot this March.

Directed by Sir Kenneth Branagh, the House of Mouse original has now cast Lily James (Downton Abbey) as Cinderella, Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) as Prince Charming, Cate Blanchett (Blue Jasmine) as Lady Tremaine, and Helena Bonham Carter (Harry Potter) as the fairy godmother.

The trailer — released on Wednesday — previews a familiar storyline as the original animation: Ella’s dad remarries, she finds herself living with an evil stepmother and step sisters, she meets her fairy godmother, her slippers are still made of glass, and her curfew is still midnight.

The modern adaptation of Cinderella is expected to arrive in theaters on March 13. In the meantime, treat yourself to the teaser above.

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Pitbull on Fiesta Latina, AMAs, ‘Globalization’ Album: ‘It’s a Great Week!’

November 19, 2014 8:16 am
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Pitbull is going to need a vacation after this jam-packed week!

Not only is he performing at the iHeartRadio Theater on Wednesday night, but Mr. Worldwide is set to close out Saturday’s Fiesta Latina, host Sunday’s American Music Awards, and release his eighth studio album Globalization at the stroke of midnight on Monday.

“We’re going to be at the Latin Grammys performing with Carlos Santana [on Thursday],” he added when he called in to On Air with Ryan Seacrest on Wednesday. “That’s an honor right there. It’s a great week. Like I always say, without the fans there’s no way I’d be able to any of this, so I hope they enjoy it. It’s definitely going to be a fun run.”

As for Globalization, which features collaborations with Jason Derulo, Juicy J, Chris Brown, and Ne-Yo, Pitbull says, “It’s music that has taken over the globe and me traveling the world and be back and give you guys the music I’m seeing around the world … The beauty of it is on this album I think it’s going to be a great platform for new artists that are up and coming,” like Bebe Rexha, John Ryan, and Chloe Angelides. “I’m excited to see their growth from this album to what they’ll be doing in the next three to five years.”

Pitbull is set to close out Fiesta Latina on Saturday (Ricky Martin will open the show), but he hints it may not just be him on the stage for that final performance.

“I’m hoping we all close it together, to be honest with you,” he says, referring to the other big names on the bill, like Prince Royce, Daddy Yankee, and Becky G. “Let’s see what happens. You never know …”

Tickets for Saturday’s Fiesta Latina at The Forum are still available here … and be sure to catch Pitbull hosting the American Music Awards on Sunday at 8/7c on ABC. Also, his new album, Globalization, can be pre-ordered on iTunes here!

Shawn Mendes Reflects on Success That Began With His Justin Bieber Cover

November 19, 2014 7:33 am
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Some people turn to singing reality competitions as a platform to catapult themselves to fame, but six seconds was all Shawn Mendes needed.

The 16-year-old from Ontario, Canada became an instant Internet sensation after uploading his acoustic rendition of Justin Bieber‘s massive hit “As Long As You Love Me” on his Vine account. The six-second cover, which has over 203,000 loops, 98,000 likes, and 60,000 revines, secured him a strong following of over 3 million fans on Vine, and a deal with Island Records.

“That was like my favorite song at the moment and I was just starting to learn how to play the guitar. And it was one of the very few songs that I could actually play on the guitar,” he says. “When I put that up, I wasn’t really putting it up determined to gain followers. It was just kind of put up for fun.”

After inking a deal with the major record label, Shawn released his breakout hit “Life of the Party,” off his four-song debut EP The Shawn Mendes. His self-titled mini-album only contributed to his momentum of successes, which showcased his artistic prowess that booked him television appearances, and even several dates to open for Taylor Swift on her 1989 World Tour.

“I was on The Ellen DeGeneres Show, which I kind of freaked out about. I never thought in a million years I would do that,” he says. “I mean, I was on tour with Austin Mahone as the opening act, which was like absolutely one of the coolest things ever. It was so much fun. That was like my very first time ever traveling America was on tour. So it was completely surreal. Honestly, I’m going to be going on tour with Taylor Swift and I don’t even know how to explain how I feel about that.”

Last Friday, the “Something Big” singer — along with Usher and The Swon Brothers – took a beat from his hectic schedule and assisted in the grand opening of Seacrest Studios at Boston Children’s Hospital. He assisted Ryan with the studio’s first-ever live broadcast, and performed an acoustic guitar-driven version of “Life of the Party” for the patients.

In addition to opening for Ms. Swift on select dates, Shawn will perform at the Village and on the main stage at KIIS FM’s Jingle Ball on December 5. His new cut “Something Big” is available on iTunes here.

Pentatonix Share Home Videos in ‘That’s Christmas to Me’ Music Video

November 18, 2014 5:56 pm
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It’s beginning to sound a lot like Christmas!

There is nothing cuter than old home videos, and Pentatonix is getting into the holiday spirit by showing fans their personal home videos from the past Christmases in their new music video for “That’s Christmas To Me.”

In the music video, the A cappella group sings the sweet Christmas ballad in a room that has been decorated for the holidays. Mixed into the video are home videos from each Penatonix member’s childhood. We see Scott Hoying showing off a present he just unwrapped, Mitch Grassi going down a mini slide he got for the holiday, Avi Kaplan sledding down a snow-covered path in a cute cowboy hat, Kevin Olusola dancing for the camera with the gift he is about to open, and Kirstin Maldonado driving her new play car.

“That’s Christmas To Me” is the original title track to Pentatonix’s new album that was released in October, which includes their popular hit “Winter Wonderland / Don’t Worry Be Happy” featuring Tori Kelly.

The Sing-Off winners are preparing for their upcoming tour, and have been teasing fans about the details of the tour on Twitter.

Check out the “That’s Christmas To Me” music video to get you in the holiday spirit, and then watch the video below to see what Christmas means to the members of Pentatonix!

 

Taylor Sends Fans Early Christmas Presents … and the Reactions Are Priceless

November 18, 2014 5:00 pm
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Taylor Swift wins us over, yet again!

The “Out of the Woods” singer, who is known for being fan-oriented, has been playing the role of Santa Claus this season by gifting her fans from her around the world with early Christmas presents.

Swifties have been uploading photos of their presents and their priceless reactions — which range from utter shock to tears of joy — on Twitter and Instagram. Some gifts that the 24-year-old has sent include handwritten letters, kimonos from Japan, antique tea sets, and makeup.

The singer-songwriter, whose album 1989 dropped in late October and sold over 1.287 million copies in its first week, is known for doing extravagant acts of kindness for her fans. In August, Taylor sang a duet of “We are Never Ever Getting Back Together” with a cancer patient, and in September, she reached out to a bullied fan on Instagram with the most heartwarming message.

Christmas came soon for the five chosen Taylor Swift superfans, and judging by their reactions, it’s more than what they could have ever hoped for.

See the pictures of the thoughtful and adorable presents below:

 

“You are so full of life and free-spirited and brave. Seeing it inspires me, the way you live your life is so untamed, and that energy is contagious. -Taylor”

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“Mac, This reminded me of you because you’re smart and quick witted. Like a fox. -Taylor” A photo posted by @mackenziefrenzie on

“Let’s see each other soon, ok? -Taylor

 

 

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I’m so in love with my tea set!!!! Thank @taylorswift

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Screaming, crying perfect storm, this was my face when Taylor hve me incredible things.

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Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, More Go Slo-Mo at ‘Mockingjay’ Premiere

November 18, 2014 3:35 pm
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The U.S. premiere of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 hit Los Angeles’ Hollywood Boulevard on Monday night.

And when the movie’s stars, like Josh Hutcherson, Elizabeth Banks, Natalie Dormer, Jena Malone, and Sam Clafin were not walking the red carpet, we had them making quite a mess inside our Coca-Cola Slow-Mo Video Booth.

From opening up poppers stuffed with confetti to popping glitter-filled balloons, the glamorous actors really let loose and the result is a fun video that captures the energy of the night … slowed down so we can really take it all in.

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, which also stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth, hits theaters on Friday, November 21.

Britney Spears Answers Fan Questions in #6SecondsOfSpears

November 18, 2014 2:14 pm
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Britney Spears took to Twitter and Vine to answer fan questions using the hashtag #6SecondsOfSpears … which obviously means she had six seconds to answer.

The 32-year-old looked adorable donning a casual black t-shirt as she answered 13 random questions about her favorite Disneyland ride, the items she carries in her purse, the best part about being a mom, and the last song she listened to.

“The last song I listened to was ‘Shake It Off’ by Taylor Swift,” Brit answered.

Other fun questions that were asked include, “What is your go-to Monopoly piece?” and “What would you like from Santa this year?” Her answer for the latter question was (of course) a Maserati.

Check out the Vines below!