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It’s been nine years since rapper Eve released her last album, but she’s set to climb the charts once again, when “Lip Lock” drops next year. Fans will get a preview of what’s to come at Gotham Organization’s Open A.I.R. Summer Concert Series on Wednesday, Aug. 24 in New York City. Fan’s outside the city can watch a live stream
of the concert at Eve’s new site, eve-360.com. Prior to the big show, Eve talked to Wonderwall about her world travels, hanging with the “Glee” cast, and how it feels so good to be in love.
What can fans expect from your upcoming album, “Lip Lock”?
People will recognize what they loved about me from the more hardcore, Ruff Ryder days as far lyrical contact goes, but I think there will also be a nice bridge to where I am musically, now. Because I travel so much overseas, I think there will be a big influence of world music and dance music; not crazy club dance, just a more up-tempo, mid-tempo record.
It’s been nine years since your last album. Why the long break?
I don’t think it was anything that was planned. There were other things that were happening in my life like TV shows, movies and traveling. Originally, after “Tambourine” came out, another record was supposed to come out, but I had issues with my record label at the
time, which was Interscope. We couldn’t agree on a record, so that took some time. I had to leave them and find a new label. None of it was something I wanted to do. It just happened that way.
You also did an episode of “Glee.” What was it like working with those guys?
It was the first season, so they were excited and just hoping the show would take off. They had already gained the buzz from a lot of people, but it hadn’t been out yet, so they were still kind of nervous about everything, but I had a good time.
Some musicians have come out and said they don’t want their music on “Glee.” Do you think that the show is good or bad for the music industry?
I think it celebrates music. At the end of the day, they’re not taking people’s singles that they just put out or getting leaked singles or taking catalogs from people that haven’t already sold. It would be different if they were
doing it that way, but they’re not stealing anyone’s music. They ask for permission. If anything, it helps.
With all the traveling, is it hard to date and have a social life?
Well I have a boyfriend, thankfully, so that’s taken care of. He travels as much as I do, so we meet up in different countries, so that keeps it a little exciting. I have to admit it is a bit annoying. I’m more of a hermit. When I’m able to chill, I just chill, and so sometimes stability becomes a
problem. But as long as I’m in love, I’m happy.
In love? Wow! Who is this lucky guy?
He’s not a celebrity, thank god. He’s also not American. He’s a good guy, though. We’ve been together for a little while, though, and it’s been really nice.
You perform all over, in places like Moscow, Lebanon, Australia. What’s your favorite spot to visit?
Out of all the places in the world, Jamaica is my favorite place. Reggae is my heart since I was a kid. I love Reggae music. The food there is out of control. It’s so good. It’s a great place to go.
In that time, you did some acting, like “Whip It” with Drew Barrymore. What was it like working with her?
It was cool. She’s bubbly and has a great attitude. She one of those people that you can’t believe she’s like that every single day, just happy and passionate. And she was, so it was a fun experience.
How did you get involved with Gotham Organization’s Open A.I.R Summer Concert Series, which is raising money for the National Breast Cancer Coalition?
Obviously, I’m a woman, and I do believe in getting the information out there, and getting women to get mammograms. My grandmother is actually a breast
cancer survivor, so that’s something that is close to home. I think it will be pretty energetic and exciting, so I’m looking forward to it.
What are the crowds like when you go to places like Moscow?
Honestly, it’s crazy. They love hip-hop. I always say, ‘Hip-hop takes me everywhere.’ It’s crazy when I step onstage, and people might not speak much English, but they know every word to your songs. It’s kind of freaky, but it’s really cool. They’re really into it.
There aren’t as many female voices in hip-hop at the moment. Why do you think that is?
I have no idea. People ask me that all the time. It’s weird. I don’t know where all the females are. By the way, I meet females all the time that tell me, “Yeah, I’m an MC,” and I’m always like, “Good luck, God bless. Make it happen. We need more females.”
You’ve done a lot of collaborating over the years. Who is out there that you’d like to work with?
I still have people on my list who I’ve been wanting to work with forever like OutKast. Andre 3000, I think is amazing. Adele is amazing. Drake is dope, as far as hip-hop goes. So there’s a lot of different people, but nobody I’m loving at the top of my list right now, though.
The two “Sonny with a Chance” stars have become really close after Thornton helped Lovato as she struggled through a very public meltdown in recent months, and now Lovato will get a chance to show her pal her appreciation and step in to support her on her big day.
She tells People.com, “Demi is one of my bridesmaids! We go way back. She’s like a little sister to me. She’s one of my closest friends.”
But the two actresses are co-stars no more after Lovato recently quit the show to focus on her own physical and emotional recovery.
Thornton adds, “I’ll miss Demi. I’m really proud of her. It takes a lot of guts to admit that you aren’t perfect in front of the world.”
Thornton announced her engagement last February.
Rachel Bilson is one of the most sweet and stylish stars in Hollywood, so who better to star in Magnum Ice Cream’s shorts series directed by designer Karl Lagerfeld? We snagged some time with Rachel to chat about this very cool job, how the paparazzi’s helped her fashion-wise and more.
On Karl as a director:
“He was fantastic. He was very nice. But he also had a really good vision, which I guess goes without saying [because] he’s an amazing designer. But he was a great director, really hands on, and I felt very comfortable, and I thought he did a great job.”
On what surprised her most about him:
“Just how nice and approachable he was because he’s such an icon, you never know what to expect. He was just fantastic and warm.”
On the perks on the shoot:
“I ate a lot of ice cream; it was an enjoyable experience. I like the Magnum Almond. There may have been a [Chanel] present involved, which is always very exciting. I’m very grateful to receive that. You know, one of the nicest perks.”
On her favorite souvenir from set:
“Karl was writing some information down on a Chanel pad of his, and after he was done he asked me, “Do you want this?” and I took it so fast, like a kid in a candy shop, it was so funny. He was like laughing, he was like, “Oh, I didn’t realize you wanted it so bad.” I got an original notepad from Karl, which was very exciting.”
On spring styles she’s loving:
“I think color is really great, and all the colored denim is really fun. I’m like in to all the vibrant colors and stuff. I think I’m really pumped for spring.”
On what inspires her personal style:
“I get inspired by just people, just like anyone you see on the street or whatever. Like, I can get inspiration anywhere. I like looking at old books, pictures of people, or blogs. I like blogs like the Sartorialist. I think it’s fun to look at fashion blogs. WhoWhatWear is really great too.”
On how she chooses her outfits:
“It’s very important to be comfortable — that’s always first. I hate not being comfortable; often I’ll take off my shoes and be barefoot for a while. I think it’s important to wear what makes you happy, not put too much thought into it. … I just wear what I like, and you can’t really pay attention to criticism, it’s not healthy.”
On how the paparazzi have helped her style:
“It’s so weird to be in a business where you’re photographed; you notice things that you normally wouldn’t. Like, I know nude shoes really help my child-size legs. You know, it helps in that area, so you learn little things like that.”
On her new home line, Edie Rose Home:
“I love home stuff. I love kitchenware, I love bedding, I love everything like that. So I was on an endless search for dishes and finding something that I wanted, and I just couldn’t find it out there for the price I wanted. So I was like, ‘Maybe I could try to design dishes’ because I know what I want and what I like and I can’t find it. I wanted to
design dishes for anyone, whether it was someone getting their first apartment or getting married or just wanting to change it up, and to be affordable.”less
On whether she’ll continue to do fashion design:
“I don’t know. I’m not sure about that. I’m really enjoying doing the home line right now. I think it’s so much fun and obviously designing clothes would be amazing. I wanna just focus on home stuff for now, it’s just so much fun. You can really branch out in a lot of areas with it, so it’s cool.”
On her favorite fashion designers:
“Chanel is always good. Anything Chanel, I’m happy. I love The Row and I think that it’s awesome and they do such a great job. And like Rag & Bone, and Alexander Wang. Oh my goodness, there’s so many amazing designers that I just feel lucky that I get to wear them.”
It’s easy to say that reality stars are silly, talentless hacks who are famous for being famous. And while yes, for the most part that’s true, there are a few rare exceptions of people who rise above their reality TV beginnings to keep their fame going for something other than catfighting with housemates or turning themselves into a human target.
Case in point: Jamie Chung, onetime star of “The Real World: San Diego,” is now a full-fledged actress. (Her new movie, “Sucker Punch,” hits theaters this Friday.
Super hot super heroine!
“Friday Night Lights” actress Adrianne Palicki was recently cast as Wonder Woman in an upcoming TV pilot based on the DC Comics heroine — most famously brought to life in the 1970s by actress Lynda Carter.
Now, Warner Bros. has released the first pic of Palicki, 27, in costume. As the Amazonian defender, Palicki sizzles in a skin-tight, red-and-blue cat suit — accessorized by silver cuffs, golden lasso, headband and blue boots.
Warner Bros. has said that this NBC pilot, written by TV vet David E. Kelley, won’t be as campy as Carter’s iconic series. In the new version, “Wonder Woman is a vigilante crime fighter in Los Angeles but also a successful corporate executive and a modern woman trying to balance all of the elements of her extraordinary life,” the studio said in a statement.
For months, rumors have been flying over Justin Timberlake’s supposed infatuation with his “Friends With Benefits” co-star, Mila Kunis. And within a day of his breakup with Jessica Biel after four years of togetherness, those rumblings started to grow louder.
“Justin is very interested in Mila,” a source close to the pocket-size starlet tattles to E! Online. “They’ve been flirting, but so far nothing has happened.”
Talk of Timberlake’s ostensible interest in Kunis first began back in September, when Us Weekly claimed he was “smitten” and “absolutely obsessed” with her.
The chatter picked up steam last month when Justin, 30, appeared “cozy” with Mila, 28, during a SAG Awards afterparty and was said to be “aggressively pursuing” her.
But an insider assures People that the “Black Swan” actress, who called it quits with Macaulay Culkin in January after a low-profile, eight-year romance, played no role in Timberlake’s decision to part ways with Biel.
“Mila had nothing to do with their breakup,” insists the mole. “In fact, no one came between them. They decided their relationship ran its course and it was time to move on.”
Timberlake and Kunis are “not in a relationship,” continues the snitch. “They star in a movie called ‘Friends With Benefits,’ but they’re just friends. That’s it. They are not together.”
Meanwhile, there are theories aplenty about what led to Justin and Jessica’s split.
First up: Timberlake’s purportedly wandering eye, whispers of which began in earnest back in October when Us Weekly claimed he’d been “caught cheating” with Olivia Munn.
The rumors resurfaced in January when Life & Style accused the crooner-turned-actor of sending flirty texts to Munn, including one that said, “My relationship is basically over.”
One source maintains to People that Biel “looked the other way” when it came to Timberlake’s alleged monkey business, while another points out, “There was never any proof. When you’re in a relationship, you have to choose to believe the person or get out.”
The second insider asserts that the bust-up “really was mutual. There really wasn’t a final straw. They’re just two people who realized they wanted different things in life and were headed in different directions. … It was just easier to end it now rather than later.”
Also weighing on possible reasons behind the split is the London Daily Mail, which says signs of trouble emerged during a party Jessica tossed for Justin’s 30th birthday earlier this year.
“Jessica was overcome with emotion when she stood up to toast her boyfriend on reaching the milestone,” recalls a source. “She quickly welled up as she reminisced about the first time she met Justin and joked about how she virtually stalked him into going on a date with her.”
The paper says Biel gushed to the guests about her love for her beau and “went on at length about how much he meant to her.”
Timberlake’s supposed response: “Yeah, b-tches!”
“It was really awkward,” relays the insider. “Justin’s reaction was almost disrespectful. He just laughed it off.”
And that’s exactly what Biel appears to be doing now that she’s flying solo.
The actress sported a big smile, a leather jacket and an over-sized feather earring as she stepped out Saturday night in Los Angeles for a dinner celebrating her younger brother’s birthday.
“It’s never easy when a relationship ends,” a spy tells People, “but she knows this needed to happen, and she’s moving on with her life.”
What mysterious chemical reaction drew Scarlett Johansson and Sean Penn together? Was it their common interest in helping Haiti? A mutual disdain for the paparazzi? Or was it something a little more dangerous (and stinky), like a shared addiction to nicotine?
Their rumored romance kicked off with a sighting of them sucking on cigarettes outside a star-packed bash in Los Angeles, and a smoky haze apparently hung over their lobster- and margarita-fueled getaway to Mexico last week.
A spy tells Us Weekly (via HollywoodLife) that Scarlett, 26, and Sean, 50, were “kissing a lot and chain-smoking” during their overnight trip to Cabo San Lucas, noting, “They were acting like teenagers in love and were all over each other.”
Seems despite Penn’s crankypants reputation and bitterness over his divorce from Robin Wright (in January, he griped how he “got taken for one half of everything I had”), he “lifts [Scarlett's] spirits” and will “do anything she wants to make her happy.”
Need a second for your stomach to stop churning? We’ll wait … OK, brace yourself …
“She’s head over heels,” gushes a ScarJo insider, “[and] he feels like the luckiest man alive.”
Their mutual appreciation society met up this week at the Chateau Marmont in Los Angeles, where they hugged hello before heading to the restaurant, reports People.
The two ended up in a quiet corner table in the back and seemed “at ease” as they “talked, smiled and remained focused on each other.”
On the menu: a salad (for her), a burger (for him) and wine, along with some brief across-the-table handholding.
“They looked genuinely happy together,” says a spy.
When Scarlett and Sean made their exit, his arm found its way around her lower back. No word on whether he offered her a light.
As for the basis of their attraction, Star (via Jezebel) has a theory: The not quite former Mrs. Ryan Reynolds likes the aura of worldliness that surrounds the onetime Mr. Madonna.
“She looks to Sean as an older, sexy, college-professor type,” a source tells the tab. “She thinks he’s a genius and she’s totally into him.”
Not that it’s necessarily a romance for the ages: The two-time Oscar-winning actor supposedly told the starlet that he’s done with the domestic scene, which may have gone over just fine, as she allegedly wants to “sow her wild oats.”
The singer, 21, is frank with Page Six Magazine (in Thursday’s New York Post) about the ongoing fallout from his February 2009 assault of then-girlfriend Rihanna.
“People are always gonna talk. But I’m in a positive place. I consider myself a grown-ass man,” says the star, whose new album, “F.A.M.E.,” stands for “Forgiving All My Enemies.”
Speaking of forgiveness, Brown says he’s done apologizing for the brutal Rihanna attack. “At the end of the day,” muses the “Forever” singer, “if I walk around apologizing to everybody, I’m gonna look like a damn fool.”
A judge recently downgraded a restraining order barring contact between Brown and Rihanna, 23. (Brown is serving five years probation for the crime, and completed court-mandated domestic violence classes, plus 180 hours of hard labor last year.)
In the wake of that shocking scandal, Brown says “a handful of people stuck by me,” including fellow musicians Pitbull and producer Pharrell Williams.
Still, he complains that many folks “turn[ed] away. They don’t want to get involved with it because they don’t want their name attached to anything negative. Unknowingly, they kind of show their true colors when they do that.”
He doesn’t exactly fault those former friends for walking away after the assault — which he calls a “mishap.”
“You can’t blame people for how they want to be portrayed or if they don’t want to be associated with somebody who had a particular mishap.”
“The last two years, everybody dissed me,” Brown says. “But my fans were so dedicated. The way I look at it is, you can’t walk around mad, because then you just prove everybody right that you’re an angry person.”
Salma Hayek has finally settled into her new role as a full-fledged housewife after spending the early years of her courtship with Francois-Henri Pinault fighting the idea.
Bing even more:
The “Frida” actress was a big Hollywood star when she met the French businessman and entrepreneur in 2006, and they became engaged after a whirlwind romance.
But Hayek, who wed Pinault in 2009, admits she was firmly against the thought of leaving Hollywood behind to start a new life in Paris, because she was convinced she would hate spending all her time indoors.
She tells the New York Times Style magazine, “The first thing I panicked about was moving. I got scared. I said, ‘I’m not moving to Paris to be a housewife.’ And he said, ‘Fine, we’ll be different.’ It’s sort of exciting to have a different kind of marriage.
Vanessa Hudgens found fame doing squeaky-clean fare in Disney’s “High School Musical” franchise, but from the looks of next month’s Details she’s quickly moving into much more adult territory. In a racy spread that has her posed in lingerie in one shot and soaking wet in another, Hudgens gets candid about ex-boyfriend Zac Efron, her training for “Sucker Punch” and how she once drunkenly chatted up Quentin Tarantino.
On her relationship with ex-boyfriend Zac Efron:
“We’re still friends. Who knows what the future will bring? We’re figuring this out.”
On chatting up Quentin Tarantino at a post-Oscar party:
“Probably after a few drinks I told him, ‘We’ve gotta do something together.’ Slowly, I’ve gained balls. I used to be very shy. Hopefully he won’t look back and think, ‘Oh my God. That crazy b—-h.’”
On training for her upcoming film “Sucker Punch”:
“We trained with Navy Seals. We were machines. You could NOT f–k with us.”
On working with Michael Caine on “Journey to the Center of the Earth”:
“He’s uh-mazing. Not only is he uh-mazingly, stupidly talented, but he still kind of hits on me. All the time. If it was anybody else, I’d be like, ‘Who the hell do you think you are?’ But because it’s Michael Caine, I’m like, ‘Sock it to me more, baby, come on!’ I. Frickin. Love. Him.”
On harnessing her nervous energy:
“I’m not nervous, I’m excited. I get excited. I’m, like, a very hyper energetic, crazy type of crazy. I have a lot going on. Always. I’ll dance on a table sober.”
In our book, Vanessa can do no wrong!