Giuliano BekorWhat role will Demi Lovato be playing when she guest stars on her boyfriend Wilmer Valderrama's TV show From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series? A "badass," says the show's creator, director Robert Rodriguez.
The show, based on the 1996 cult horror-action film of the same name, is about to start its second season; it airs on Rodriguez's channel, El Rey. Rodriguez says Demi ended up with a guest role because he and Demi go way back, and because she'd often drop by the set to visit Wilmer, who plays a vampire on the series.
At the Television Critics Association gathering on Thursday in Beverly Hills, Rodriguez told the press, "I've known Demi a long time. She came and auditioned for me on Spy Kids 3 and [I've] always been a big fan of hers. When she'd come to the set to visit, I'd threw out that we'd love to put her in somewhere...I wanted to direct her. She has some great personality, I've always wanted to work with her, and she's got great acting chops."
Rodriguez, who added that he thought it would be "a real boost to the show" to have Demi be a part of it, told the press that she "found a window in her schedule" that allowed her to film a role.
"So we created a character just for her and she was fantastic," gushed Rodriguez. "She's really got a great screen presence -- I won't tell you what the character is, 'cause it's a surprise, but she's a badass -- and we left it open enough so that if, if there's time for her to come back next year she can."
The new season of From Dusk Till Dawn: the Series starts August 25. Demi will appear in the final episode of the season.
Andrew Zaeh/IslandAmerican Authors recently released "Go Big or Go Home," the lead single from their upcoming sophomore album, and this weekend, they're launching a brief tour with their buddy Andy Grammer. Authors frontman Zac Barnett says they're thrilled to be touring with Andy because, he says, he's "one of the good guys."
"We did some touring with Andy in Australia at the end of last summer and he is, no joke, the nicest dude in the world," Zac tells ABC Radio. He laughs, "It’s almost a little scary how nice he is. It’s like, 'You’re not part of a cult or anything are you? You’re not gonna come haunt me in my dreams?'"
Zac adds, "In all honesty, he’s the coolest dude to hang out with. He’s the sweetest and so when we put this tour together, we couldn’t be more excited." He also says he and the Authors are happy that Andy's career is red-hot at the moment thanks to the success of "Honey, I'm Good."
"We couldn’t be more thrilled for him right now to have his single out there, it’s such a good song, and for all of his success," gushes Zac. "He’s really the best. He is one of the good guys."
The tour with Andy is just one of a long series of tours American Authors has done in the last couple of years; they've been on the road practically non-stop since the success of their smash "Best Day of My Life." But Zac says the band doesn't mind, 'cause they love playing live.
"We’re stoked on it. We’re all such performers, we’re all such music nerds and we’ve all been playing music since such a young age, that this is the dream," he tells ABC Radio. "It’s not like anyone was like, 'Oh, I never thought this was gonna happen and -- Ahhh! -- I can’t perform in front of this huge crowd!' It’s like, we’re just like young kids on the first day of school: just super-excited to get in there and just play around."
So, will the Authors "play around" with Andy during the tour? Will the two acts join together onstage for a performance? Zac says it's likely.
"If that were to ever happen with the band -- it has happened before in the past -- I could totally see it happening with Andy," he says.
The two-week trek gets under way August 2 in Birmingham, Alabama, and wraps up August 14 in Moorhead, Minnesota. The first part of the tour will feature indie pop band AJR as the opening act; the back half will feature Matt McAndrew, the runner-up of season seven of The Voice.
Here are the tour dates:
8/2 Birmingham, AL, Iron City Birmingham 8/3 Columbia, SC, The Music Farm 8/6 Glen Allen, VA, Innsbrook After Hours / Innsbrook Pavilion 8/7 Sayreville, NJ, Starland Ballroom 8/8 Webster, MA, Indian Ranch 8/9 Hampton Beach, NH, Hampton Beach Casino Ballroom 8/11 Kalamazoo, MI, District Square 8/12 Louisville, KY, Mercury Ballroom 8 13 Oshkosh, WI, Oshkosh Waterfest 8/14 Moorhead, MN, Bluestem Amphitheater
Denise Truscello/WireImage Mariah Carey soon will be making her directorial debut. The singer is set to direct and co-star in Mariah Carey’s Christmas Project for the Hallmark Channel.
The TV movie reportedly will start production this fall and air on the network in December as part of Hallmark Channel’s annual “Countdown to Christmas” programming.
Also in December, according to The Hollywood Reporter, Mariah will perform a series of Christmas concerts in New York City. She’s set to complete the third leg of her Las Vegas residency, #1 to Infinity, in February, before embarking on a European tour in the spring. It will be her first European tour in 13 years.
ABC/Randy Holmes Want to star in a CoverGirl commercial with Katy Perry? All you need is a good pair of eyelashes.
To enter the CoverGirl “Lash Fame” sweepstakes, first upload a picture of yourself that shows off your natural, super-sized lashes. Your photo will then be loaded into an online CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara video. Submit that video at CoverGirlSuperSizerContest.com by August 2 for a chance to win.
The winner will have her photo appear in a Katy Perry CoverGirl Super Sizer Mascara commercial scheduled to air during the MTV Video Music Awards on August 30.
Peter Yang The third and final wave of Teen Choice Award nominations has been revealed. In a slew of categories honoring the most social media savvy celebs, nominees include Justin Bieber, Taylor Swift and Miley Cyrus.
The Biebs is up against fellow musicians Bruno Mars, Justin Timberlake and Pitbull in the Social Media King category. He’s also competing in the Choice Instagrammer category, against ex Selena Gomez, pal Ariana Grande and Beyonce.
Taylor and Miley are both going head-to-head for the title of Social Media Queen. That category also has Taylor facing off against her bestie Selena, her rumored nemesis Katy Perry and her one-time Twitter feud adversary Nicki Minaj.
Fittingly, Taylor is also up for Choice Twit, in recognition of her Twitter prowess. In that category she’s also up against Katy, as well as Justin Bieber, Justin Timberlake, Lady Gaga and Shakira.
Rising stars Tori Kelly and Shawn Mendes scored nods in the Choice Web Star: Music category.
Voting for this wave of nominees is open through Friday, August 14. The Teen Choice Awards air live on Sunday, August 16 at 8 p.m. ET on Fox. Rapper/actor Ludacris, Jane the Virgin star Gina Rodriguez and Drake & Josh actor Josh Peck will share hosting duties.
Here are the rest of the third wave music nominees:
Choice Web Star: Music (#ChoiceWebStarMusic) Christina Grimmie Jack & Jack Tori Kelly Shawn Mendes Lindsey Stirling Sam Tsui
Social Media King (#SocialMediaKing) Justin Bieber Jimmy Fallon LeBron James Bruno Mars Pitbull Justin Timberlake
Social Media Queen (#SocialMediaQueen) Miley Cyrus Selena Gomez Caitlyn Jenner Nicki Minaj Katy Perry Taylor Swift
Choice Twit (#ChoiceTwit) Justin Bieber Lady Gaga Katy Perry Shakira Taylor Swift Justin Timberlake
Choice Instagrammer (#ChoiceInstagrammer) Beyonce Justin Bieber Selena Gomez Ariana Grande Kylie Jenner Kim Kardashian
Tyrone LebonMiley Cyrus is once again getting glam for a good cause. The singer revealed her new line of socially conscious MAC Viva Glam lipsticks. All proceeds from sales of the lipstick go to the MAC AIDS Fund, which supports people affected by HIV and AIDS.
In one of the new campaign ads, Miley sports a long blonde wig and a floral crop top while modeling the shiny red lip shade.
“Help to end AIDS with my new @MACcosmetics #VIVAGLAM lipstick available online in North America on 9/8,” Miley wrote on Twitter and Instagram.
Another ad features an up-close look at the red and black packaging of the lipstick and its matching lipglass.
Miley joined MAC’s Viva Glam campaign earlier this year, and her first campaign featured a hot pink lipstick/lipglass combo. She told ABC’s Good Morning America at the time that she signed on to the campaign because she wants to empower "those even affected by HIV and to kind of give them this hope, and know that there's people out there who are fighting for them and especially not just for the cure, but to end this kind of stereotype."
Katy was photographed as actress Elizabeth Taylor, in a shoot based on an Andy Warhol painting. “An icon transcends time,” she says. “Liz was so fabulous and decadent and had a style that evolved with the years ...and I’m sure I’ll be married just as many times!”
Mariah played Marie Antoinette for her shoot. She’s barely recognizable in a pink, flouncy 18th century gown. “I’m pretty much the opposite of Marie Antoinette, but it’s always fun to throw on a costume,” Mariah tells the mag.
Other celebrities included on the list were Oprah Winfrey as Glinda the Good Witch from The Wizard of Oz, Fifty Shades of Grey actress Dakota Johnson as Aphrodite, model Rosie Huntington-Whiteley as fashion editor Diana Vreeland and Zero Dark Thirty’s Jessica Chastain as Joan of Arc.
The September issue of Harper's Bazaar hits stands August 18.
Mert Alas and Marcus Piggot Is Madonna’s son, David Banda, following in his mother’s musical footsteps? The pop icon shared a video on Instagram of the nine-year-old impressively strumming an acoustic guitar and singing her Rebel Heart track "Devil Pray."
“Teach Me How To Pray,” Madonna captions the clip. “Thats what children do!”
It isn’t the first time Madonna’s publicly shared her son’s talents. Last year, she posted an Instagram video of the boy showing off some killer dance moves. Like mother, like son.
Madonna is set to kick off her Rebel Heart tour on September 9 in Montreal. Maybe she’ll bring David along as a back-up band member.
@KevinMazur/WireImageIt’s official: Zayn Malik will be releasing his first solo album on RCA Records. The former One Direction member announced the new record deal on Twitter Wednesday, but now RCA Records and Simon Cowell’s Syco Music have confirmed it.
“With RCA, Zayn has the perfect label to work with on his solo career,” Simon says in a statement. “They are excited about working with him and I am sure whatever they release together will be special.”
TMZ previously reported that Simon -- whose reality competition show The X Factor led to the formation of 1D -- was instrumental in getting Zayn signed to RCA. Now Zayn and his ex-band mates are on a competing record labels. One Direction is signed to Columbia and Simon’s label, Syco.
On Wednesday, Zayn used the news to explain why he really left 1D. “I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!” he wrote.
Big Machine RecordsTaylor Swift has released another behind-the-scenes clip from her “Bad Blood” video. This one features model Karlie Kloss and reveals the moment they came up with Karlie’s character name.
“We just came up with my name: Knockout,” Karlie says. “We’re these bada** spies, we’re training together. She’s got to be tough and we’re not messing around.”
The clip also shows Taylor and Karlie going head-to-head in a boxing ring, surrounded by a bunch of cheering female extras.
Taylor began posting the behind-the-scenes videos to her Instagram account this week, as a way to celebrate the success of "Bad Blood" on the pop charts and to encourage fans to vote for the video at this year's MTV Video Music Awards. She previously posted clips featuring model Lily Aldridge and Empire actress Serayah.
ABC/Randy Holmes John Legend is taking his talents to television. It was announced at the Television Critics Association press tour Thursday that the singer has signed on to be the music supervisor for a new WGN America drama series called Underground. His production company, Get Lifted, also will executive produce.
The show is about a group of slaves planning a dangerous escape from a Georgia plantation. They’re helped by a secret abolitionist couple running a station on the Underground Railroad. It stars Christopher Meloni, Aldis Hodge and Jurnee Smollett-Bell.
"We are excited to join forces with WGN America and Sony and the talented team of writers and producers on this powerful project that we believe will inspire us all," Legend says. "This series has a unique opportunity to speak to the passion and courage of those who risked it all as they raced to freedom. We are honored to bring our creative vision to this thrilling project."
John, fresh off his Oscar win for his contribution to the Selma soundtrack, will oversee the score, soundtrack and all music aspects of the series.
Stephanie PistelThere have been more than twenty James Bond films since the 1960s, all with their own theme songs, but only one of those songs has ever topped the Billboard Hot 100: Duran Duran's "A View to a Kill," from the 1985 movie of the same name. That, of course, makes Duran Duran extremely well qualified to speculate on the rumors about who's going to sing the theme for the newest Bond flick, Spectre, due out this November.
So far, speculation has focused on Sam Smith and Ellie Goulding, with Adele, who sang the theme to the last film, Skyfall, thrown into the mix for good measure. But now there are rumors that alt-rock band Radiohead may have gotten the gig. Duran Duran keyboard player Nick Rhodes and bassist John Taylor like that idea, though the idea of a female singer also is appealing to them.
"I like a good diva for a Bond song," Nick tells ABC Radio. "Shirley Bassey to me is still the winner." Bassey sang the themes for Goldfinger, Diamonds Are Forever and Moonraker.
"Radiohead is not a bad idea. I mean, [they've got a] great sense of drama. I mean...I’d like to see that," adds John. "Yeah, I’d be happy with that," Nick agrees. "I think it’d be a more interesting choice than some of them over the last decade or so, for sure."
"I thought the Adele song was good," points out John. "I think they got that right."
While many believe that it's important for a James Bond theme song performer to be British, Nick doesn't necessarily agree.
"No, I don’t think that’s essential. Of course it’s a very British brand, but I don’t think it’s essential the act was British," he tells ABC Radio. "Madonna did one; she wasn’t British. Not my favorite of the songs, but you know, she did one."
Madonna sang the theme for Die Another Day. Other non-British acts who've done Bond themes include Carly Simon, A-Ha, Sheryl Crow, Jack White, Alicia Keys, Soundgarden frontman Chris Cornell, Gladys Knight and Tina Turner.
But Nick thinks that ultimately, the best choice would be an act that's very near and dear to Duran Duran's heart: themselves.
"They should ask Duran Duran, really," laughs Nick. "I mean, they know what happened last time they asked us!"
Duran Duran's new album Paper Gods, featuring production by Mark Ronson and Nile Rodgers, arrives in stores in September.
ABC/Randy HolmesEver break up with someone, but can't really put your finger on the reason WHY you broke up? If so, Tori Kelly's new single "Should Have Been Us" is your jam. "I think everyone can relate to that song," she tells ABC Radio.
Tori's songs are sometimes based on scenarios she's imagined, but in the case of "Should Have Been Us," she tells ABC Radio, "I definitely can relate." She explains, "That song is really about a relationship where it ended with maybe no closure and it’s just kind of like it didn’t work out, but you don’t know why."
"With that," she adds, "comes those feelings of reminiscing and like, 'Oh, maybe if we did this it would’ve worked out and this.' So, not the healthiest way, probably, to go about ending a relationship!"
"But that’s why I want to sing about those things because, I mean, those are real feelings too," she tells ABC Radio, laughing. "I don’t want to hide the crappy feelings!"
Jeff Daly/NBCZayn Malik is ready to make some “real music.” The former One Direction boy bander has signed a new record deal with RCA. He took to Twitter to express his excitement over the deal -- and to fully explain why he decided to go solo.
“I guess I never explained why I left, it was for this moment to be given the opportunity to show you who i really am! #realmusic #RCA !!” he wrote.
He also posted a photo of himself signing the contract, and tweeted #REALME.
According to TMZ, Simon Cowell was instrumental in getting Zayn signed to RCA. Simon -- whose reality competition show The X Factor lead to the formation of 1D -- had apparently been negotiating the deal for a couple of weeks. He reportedly felt RCA was the best place for Zayn to succeed as a solo artist.
Now Zayn and his ex-band mates are on a competing record labels. One Direction is signed to Columbia and Simon’s label, Syco.
ABC/John FleenorSometimes a song is so good you think the singer wrote it just for you. In a preview clip from Thursday’s episode of the IFC mock talk show Comedy Bang! Bang!, Carly Rae Jepsen has an awkward encounter with host Scott Aukerman.
Scott thinks Carly’s “I Really Really Like You” is actually about him. He confronts Carly about it, saying her doesn’t want to date her, despite the fact that she’s left “messages” for him on his phone, on the radio, in a video and “atop the pop charts.”
“I get it, I’m irresistible,” he tells her, “but at a certain point the harassment needs to stop.”
First Carly is confused, then she’s just grossed out. She sings him a modified message in which she calls him a “weirdo” and effectively makes her true feelings clear.
Carly’s episode airs Thursday, July 30 at 10:30 p.m. EST on IFC.
ABC/Lou Rocco Taylor Swift is a role model to a lot of girls -- including her own best friends. In a new interview with Hamptons magazine, Taylor's Victoria’s Secret model pal Martha Hunt gushes about how she looks up to Taylor.
"Taylor Swift -- I can't say enough good things about her," she says, when asked to name some of her female role models and heroes. "I admire her so much as a person and as a role model for young women."
Martha has been by Taylor’s side through much of this year as an integral member of the Swift Squad. She co-starred in the “Bad Blood” video as HomeSlice, joined Taylor on stage during her 1989 tour and spent an epic 4th of July with the star.
"I think we need more people like [Swift]; people who want to bring women together and not oversexualize themselves," she says. "Plus, she's talented, and she's just the best."
ABC/Ida Mae AstuteJessie J has babies on the brain. The singer tells People that becoming a mom is just one of the many things she’d like to accomplish in the near future.
When asked by the mag to list some of her future goals, the first thing she said, laughing, was, “Have a baby -- not today!" adding,"But that's something that I hope that I'm blessed with in my life.”
She continues, “I would love to build a school in Africa. I would love to write a book. My first-ever film that I've done is gonna be announced soon. I'm not allowed to talk about it yet, but I've done a film. There's loads of things I wanna do. A cookbook … I want to be able to run for longer than 10 seconds. Yeah. And just keep writing great music. That's it.”
And now that she’s on the mend from recent surgery, she can start checking things off. Last month, Jessie underwent surgery for an undisclosed illness. It forced her to cancel some live shows, but she returned to the stage last week to perform a pop-up concert in San Francisco as part of Pop-Tarts' Crazy Good Summer program.
Rixton and R&B singer Jhene Aiko joined Jessie to perform their new single for the Pop-Tarts campaign, “Sorry to Interrupt.”
Sebastian EdgeAll the speculation about who's recorded the theme for the new James Bond movie Spectre has taken a surprising new twist. While the speculation has mostly focused on Sam Smith, Ellie Goulding or even Adele -- again -- as being the lucky singer who scored the plum assignment, a much-loved British alt-rock band may actually be the frontrunner.
Britain's The Guardian paper reports the British bookmaking firm William Hill has stopped taking bets on who'll sing the Spectre theme after a guy tried to place a 15,000-pound bet -- about $23,000 dollars -- on the band Radiohead.
A spokesperson for William Hill said initially, people were placing bets on Ellie Goulding like she was a definite, so they were going to suspend betting on her, but then a bunch of bets came in for Radiohead. Then, after that one guy asked to bet 15,000 pounds at 10 to 1 odds, William Hill assumed someone had some inside information, so it pulled the plug.
"Surely nobody risks 15 thousand pounds on a hunch," said the spokesperson.
The director of Spectre, Sam Mendes, has said the song has already been recorded and the name of the singer will be announced soon. Speculation shifted from Sam Smith to Ellie after Sam said he thought she'd gotten the gig, and then Ellie tweeted the words "Live and Let Die." Sam, meanwhile, continues to deny he's recorded the song.
Monty Brinton/CBSIt seems Lady Gaga spent a night courting Lady Luck. According to the New York Post’s Page Six, the singer was spotted gambling in Atlantic City until 2:00 a.m. Friday.
After playing a gig at the Borgata with Tony Bennett, Gaga hit the craps table with her fiancé, Taylor Kinney. They reportedly joined Real Housewives of New York City's Dorinda Medley and her boyfriend, John Mahdessian. A source saw Gaga blowing on the dice for the good luck and playing with $100 chips.
The next day, Taylor and John reportedly met up again over blackjack, but Gaga opted out, perhaps choosing to get some rest instead.
No word on if any of them won big -- but Taylor did recently drop nearly $300,000 on three pairs of Alexander McQueen shoes for Gaga, so maybe he was hoping to make some of that money back.
Peter Yang Mark your calendars! Justin Bieber’s new single drops in 30 days. The singer announced that the song is called “What Do You Mean?”
“The countdown has begun... #WhatDoYouMean #30DAYS I'm back :),” he writes on Twitter. His website even has a countdown clock to next month’s release date.
The Biebs has been hard at work on a follow-up to his 2012 album, Believe. In a recent Interview magazine chat with Martha Stewart, he said he’s been working a lot with EDM producers Skrillex and Diplo, his collaborators on the hit song “Where Are U Now.”