She'll be Mother!


We love our cover girl, Jennifer Lawrence and are very excited to hear about Mother!, her latest movie project with Darren Aronofsky, who was responsible for such great films as Black Swan and (one of our all-time favourites) Requiem for a Dream. Apparently Aronofsky and Lawrence enjoyed such great chemistry on set that they are now an item and those who have been lucky enough to see previews of Mother! are already talking Oscar nominations for Lawrence, Aronofsky and the cast, which includes Javier Bardem, Ed Harris and Michelle Pfeiffer. We hear that the plot concerns a couple (Lawrence and Bardem) whose idyllic life at their country home is disrupted when another couple (Harris and Pfeiffer) lodges with them. Anyway, it sounds like it could be the thriller of the year and we are looking forward to seeing another side of J-Law!

Laughing all the way to the bank?

We were amazed to hear that Jennifer Lawrence actually isn't the most highly paid actress in Hollywood – no, that award goes to Emma Stone. All hail the mighty Stone, who is paid a stonking $26 million per movie, compared to Lawrence's $24 million. Julia Roberts who, some years ago, was Hollywood's biggest female earner, is now languishing in ninth place with a paltry $12 million per project and we're wondering why she would bother to get out of bed for that kind of money! Mind you, she could always ask Daniel Craig, who is rumoured to have landed a cool $100 million for one James Bond outing, for a loan.

Boy George's 'comeback'

Obviously he never really went away, but we were very happy to hear that the Culture Club frontman has just signed a brand new deal with record label BMG and is about to start a Las Vegas residency. Despite his heavily publicised troubles, the Boy has continued to work as a DJ and singer and, in a recent statement, attributed this new wave of success to his new, orderly lifestyle. “All that's happening in my life is because I'm smiling and I think that's the best way to explain it. I've worked really hard in the last three years and I've got amazing people around me. I've got a great manager who totally gets who I am and who I can be.” It is certainly good to hear that he's operating at full strength again after some very tough (albeit mostly self-inflicted!) times.

Strictly bonkers?

Unless you've been living in a yurt in Outer Mongolia you will know that this time of the year marks the big lead up to the BBC's annual light entertainment extravaganza Strictly Come Dancing, 2017's competitors being announced with the kind of breathless import normally reserved for cabinet reshuffles. We are less than enthusiastic about this year's line-up so far, although we have to acknowledge the comedy potential of the Rev. Richard Coles and diminutive comedian, Susan Calman. However, what really struck us as funny was a recent announcement of 'stars' who have turned the gig down and, so far, our favourite refusenik is Noel Gallagher. Yes, that's right – him with the gobby younger brother from Oasis! Can you imagine him in spandex and sequins? Neither can he it seems since, when he was approached by the Beeb during the hiatus between Oasis disbanding and forming his very successful High Flying Birds project, he detected a hidden agenda. “There's obviously someone there going, 'You know what, he'll be up for it now, he'll be desperate now.'” Sadly not desperate enough, because we would have loved to see the monobrowed one giving the pasa doble a bit of welly. 

Emilia reveals all

We're all mad Game of Thrones addicts (well, who isn't?) and of Daenerys Targaryen in particular, so we were very interested to read an interview with Emilia Clarke in Elle's Australian version. The actress very graciously gave GoT the credit for kick-starting her career and stated very firmly that she has no reservations about taking her kit off. Unlike many actresses who have claimed that they feel demeaned by being expected to reveal some of their assets, Clarke congratulated the scriptwriters when she found that she would be expected to strip in some of her scenes: “I actually went up to [Benioff and Weiss] and thanked them. I was like, 'That's a scene I've been waiting for!' Because I get a lot of crap for having done nude scenes and sex scenes.” Duly noted, Emilia – and quite bold too, because you've just undermined any chance of later claiming coercion!

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