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Lupita Nyong'o covers DUJOUR Magazine where she talks about fame and Oscar-buzz while Zoe Saldana discusses vulnerability in FLARE Magazine. Read highlights inside and see the super fab cover spreads...
In the new issue of DUJOUR, Hollywood Film Award winner Lupita Nyong'o discusses the Oscar-buzz she's generating for 12 Years A Slave and how her life has changed dramatically.
While on a break from her next role in Non-Stop, a thriller also starring Liam Neeson and Julianne Moore, she also discussed the role Yale Drama School plays in her auditions and casting choices. Here are the highlights:
On the importances of drama school on her career:
“What validated my three years there was that I was able to put all of that training to work immediately and so relevantly. I know I wouldn’t have been able to play Patsey had I not gone through three years of school. I wouldn’t have had the elasticity or the confidence to take it on. I don’t think I would have known I could do it.”
On the career she envisions for herself:
“I would love to have a career that’s governed by the material; I always want to be part of stories that I feel are worthwhile. And they don’t all have to be as heavy as 12 Years a Slave. I do my best work when I feel conviction to say something through the character I play. Always I want to have integrity and not compromise that.”
More of her stunning pics:
On the value of failure:
"That’s one of the concerns when you get lauded for something—can I do it again?” she says. “One thing I learned at school was the value of failure, because once you fail you can get up and do it again.”
On the possibility of winning an Oscar:
“I’m definitely forced to think about it, but there’s nothing to do with the thought because it’s totally out of my hands. I’m really fulfilled right now by the traction this film is getting. It was made to be seen, and that’s what’s happening—America is engaging with it and being moved and changed by it. It’s really rewarding to be a part of that. That’s more important to me than any award.”
Read the full interview here.
And watch BTS video here.
Also in new magazines......
As she gears up for her starring role in director Scott Cooper's Out of the Furnace, the follow-up to the Oscar-winning film Crazy Heart, Zoe Saldana (raised by her mother, grandmother and great-grandmother) opened up to FLARE Magazine about finding success in a male-dominated field.
On playing strong female characters:
Women aren’t wimpy. They don’t complain all the time. They can open up jars! They can fucking save the day! They can support their whole family. They can support their men. Half of my friends make more money than their male partners.
On her disdain for mediocore women:
Women who are very whiny annoy the fucking crap out of me. It’s impossible for my sisters and me to hold a conversation with a woman who is incompetent. It’s one thing to be uncertain, a little insecure and scared, and another thing to be lazy. I can’t deal with mediocrity and incompetence. And you see it in people’s eyes.
On her secret soft side:
The characters I played in Columbiana and Avatar, on the surface, there’s what appears to be strength, but it’s sugarcoating an immense vulnerability. I am tough, but I’m also a very vulnerable person. I trust everyone. For many years, I thought, I need to stop being this way, but no, I just need to learn from it.
On the challenge of male-dominated sets:
You have to learn from your experiences. I’ve been in compromising circumstances, and I wish I’d had the strength that I have now because I would have protected myself better. I would have stood up for myself better. Women are challenged every day and are sometimes encouraged to objectify themselves. And it hurts.
Loves this shoot! Read the full article here.
Photos via James White/FLARE/Steven Pan/DuJour
Kevin Hart is a damn riot! He made his way to Beyonce's Mrs. Carter Show World Tour stop at the Staples center last night. Find out how Kevin reacted when she threw her sweat-towel at him stage side, plus Alicia Keys' newest unreleased song "I'd Die Without You"...
Not sure how Bey kept a straight face through all of this, but Kevin Hart had everybody cracking up during her show last night. He and girlfriend Eniko (and Christina Milian) were at Bey's feet at her second stage during "Irreplaceable". And when Bey spotted the comedian in the audience, she had him sing and he acted the fool:
Kevin posted pics saying:
This is the face that THUGS make when they catch Beyonce's towel at her concert #DblockNi$$as #Thuggin #BeeHive #RealRapRaw #BestConcertEver
That moment when you realize that you know the words to all of Beyonce's songs.... #iFainted #iWasInTheBeeHive #iThinkiTwerkedLastNight #iWasLostInTheMoment #FuckYall #ShowWasTheShit
Ha! Check out video of the moment below:
Kevin is starring in the upcoming comedy flick Ride Along, out January 17th.
Alicia Keys went and covered one of our fave songs of all time, P.M. Dawn's "I'd Die Without You". As part of her new AK Vault website release, the singer/actress/movie producer posted the unreleased cover she recorded back in 2007.
Check out Alicia's sultry version below:
And congrats to Mrs. Keys Beats for crossing the 30 million fans mark this week on Facebook!
Photos: Kevin's IG/Alicia's FB
Drake is the newest member of the Team Jordan family. Check out a preview of his new sneakers as he brings Team OVO to one of the most iconic sports brands in the game.
Plus, Pharrell is letting filks know about his next big moves....
Out with the Yeezys, in with the OVO. Drake just signed a deal to design sneakers (and possibly other athletic gear) for the Jordan Brand. He joins Carmelo Anthony, Blake Griffin , Russell Westbrook, Chris Paul, DJ Quick and plenty more.
After braving a 28 hour ride through a snowstorm just to make sure he arrived to his Portland 'Would You Like A Tour' show on time, Drizzy gave fans a big announcement as he kicked off his concert.
He told the crowd:
"Today also happens to be one of the best days of my life. Growing up, we all idolized this guy, who goes by the name of Michael Jordan. So today, I came to Portland and I officially became inducted into the Team Jordan family. And it is a family, and I don't take that word lightly. "
And the love is mutual. The Jordan Brand tweeted words of welcome:
— Jordan (@Jumpman23) December 4, 2013
Congrats Drizzy! Peep the shoes he already has on deck below:
In other rapper news, Pharrell revealed in his new COMPLEX magazine cover story that he's working on Usher's upcoming album. And he's also gto a solo project on deck.
"Over the next 45 minutes, a gospel-flavored vocal line, some electronic guitar riffs, and an unexplainable horse sound are added to the beat. The people in the room chuckle, including Pharrell’s soon-to-be wife, Helen, who’s clad in a Billionaire Girls Club hoodie. P goes on about his business," reports Complex writer Joe La Puma. "Ten minutes later, Usher walks in the room, running a pick through his well-shaped afro. Pharrell plays the Timbo x Gospel x Horse beat for him and the megastars begin to dance in unison. When Usher hears the horse sound for the first time, he falls out. It’s only after someone on Pharrell’s team tells the room, “Bet you didn’t know, Usher was born in the year of the horse,” that the meaning behind the equine sonic reference comes into focus."
In related news, Pharrell is also focused on his own solo album, which will be his first in over five years.
"It’s focused. Like I told you, that’s the difference between 30 and 40. ’Cause I was 30, now I’m 40 -- and I’m not rapping," Pharrell says of the album, due in 2014. "It’s always going to be different, because the artists are different. There isn’t a set formula for anything. I don’t paint the Mona Lisa, I just build the backdrops for the painting. I don’t make Jay Z."
Check out the full Complex cover story and the fabulous layout.
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