Even Lady Gaga’s Documentary Trailer Is Experimental Pop Art

Here’s the scene we start with: a pop star walking down a hallway and stepping into the world, only to be greeted by hundreds of adoring fans chanting her stage name. It’s a scene she’s seen a thousand times before. Paparazzi cameras flash; smartphones reach out for selfies; Sharpies cling to paper, waiting for an autograph. The crowd follows her up to the last second, until she makes it to her car and closes the door, one leg resting up on the dashboard.

Welcome to Lady Gaga’s world. In the new trailer for her upcoming Netflix documentary, Five Foot Two, we get a glimpse of what life is like for the experimental superstar—a particularly up-close-and-personal portrait of the past few years as she launched her album Joanne and prepared for her Super Bowl halftime show.

The clip is a real pop tableau—quick snippets of Gaga as she works on the album, hangs out with Florence Welch and Mark Ronson and Donatella Versace, rides in a convertible, smokes some weed, gets a tattoo, gets a medical injection, rides in more convertibles, and pumps up her Super Bowl dancers. And it’s all set to a rather ominous score, a rippling buzz that starts out on the Mica Levi side, then morphs into a Hans Zimmer–esque blowout.

“You can use none of that footage,” she says with a giggle at one point, knowing damn well that the footage is definitely making the final cut. On Instagram, she released a snippet of that particular moment, which featured her smoking a blunt and chatting with a friend, speaking candidly about her frenemy status with Madonna.

“I admire her always and I still admire her, no matter what she might think of me,” Gaga says.

The trailer strays away from revealing anything too personal, mostly focusing on the highlights of the year in Gaga and the funny traditions of pop stardom, like when she goes to a Walmart and rearranges the CDs so that Joanne lines the shelves, blocking out all the other releases. There are also no new details about the heartrending doc snippets Gaga previously featured on her Instagram page, including one in which she sits sullen in a doctor’s office, fending off some mysterious pain, and another where she tearfully ruminates on the pitfalls of pain.

“I’m alone, Brandon, every night,” she says. “I go from everyone touching me all day and talking at me all day to total silence.”

Five Foot Two, directed by Chris Moukarbel, will reveal it all when the documentary drops on Netflix on Sept. 22.


‘The Bold Type’ Actress Started Out On ‘American Idol’

Before Katie Stevens starred on “The Bold Type,” she was focused on winning over a very different audience: Simon Cowell.

During Cowell’s last season of the soon-to-be-revived “American Idol” in 2010, Stevens came in eighth place after performing songs like “Chasing Pavements,” “Big Girls Don’t Cry,” and “Let It Be.”

But Stevens, 24, who toured with the rest of the top 10 following the show, didn’t find musical success after “Idol.”

“I was getting discouraged in music. I started auditioning … I was trying to network with anybody that I possibly could. I was taking two acting classes a week and auditioning,” Stevens told The Hollywood Reporter. “I didn’t necessarily hit rock bottom, but I was working at Sprinkles Cupcakes and trying to make money, not wanting to tell anybody that I was getting a job because other people that I knew from Idol were like, ‘Why aren’t you singing places and making money off of the Idol name?’ And I was like, ‘Because I don’t only want to be known for that.’”

Though Stevens admits she wanted to be known for more than “Idol,” she thinks the stigma surrounding the show is unfair.

“‘American Idol’ gives people really wonderful opportunities, and they shouldn’t take flack for what people do with that opportunity after they leave the show. A lot of casting rooms I was in, that was the only thing on my résumé, and people would just be like, ‘Oh, here’s Katie Stevens. Another ‘American Idol’ girl who thinks she could be an actor,’” the actress said. “When I came back, I was able to just be viewed as Katie Stevens the actress, not Katie Stevens from ‘American Idol’ who’s acting now.”

Stevens got her second big break in 2014 when she was cast on MTV’s “Faking It.” The show lasted three seasons and when it was canceled she admittedly “sobbed like my life was ending.” But the cancellation made way for Stevens to land the lead on “The Bold Type,” a show about young women working at a magazine on Freeform.

Though music may be on the backburner now, Stevens still makes an effort to continue pursuing it.

“I’ve learned the guitar and I play out sometimes, just to get that creativity out … I have fallen in love with country. And what’s funny is Simon Cowell, when I was on ‘American Idol,’ always said that I should do country. So, I mean, I’ll let him say ‘I told you so.’”

Zayn Malik Announces ‘Dusk Till Dawn,’ New Song Feat. Sia

A promo image for “Dusk Till Dawn” says ‘Girls’ star Jemima Kirke will appear in the music video.

Zayn Malik’s new single, “Dusk Till Dawn” featuring Sia, will be released on Sept. 7.

The former One Direction singer announced the details on social media Friday (Sept. 1). Teaser art for the song resembles a movie poster and reveals Jemima Kirke, who stars as Jessa on Girls, will appear in its Marc Webb-directed music video.

“Dusk Till Dawn” will follow “Still Got Time” featuring PartyNextDoor, which Zayn dropped in March. Earlier in the year, he collaborated with Taylor Swift on the Fifty Shades Darker track “I Don’t Wanna to Live Forever.”

In August, Zayn discussed how growing as a songwriter has affected his upcoming sophomore album: “I feel like my songwriting definitely developed,” he said in an interview with VMAN magazine, “just because I’ve been doing it so much. I feel like the songs are a bit more organized, where I felt like, before, that Mind of Mine was a brainstorm. That’s why I called it Mind of Mine, because it was ideas that I had that I put out. This one is more thought out. I had more time to process everything and go through it all. It’s an evolution.”

Check out the preview for Zayn’s “Dusk Till Dawn” below.

Amy Winehouse was like an angel when I wasn’t in a good place’

Hi Noomi. In Unlocked, you play a tough-as-nails spy tasked with preventing a terrorist attack. But the role was initially written for a man, wasn’t it?

Yeah, they kind of rewrote the script for me. I wanted her to be a real woman with a personality, more than some badass agent who’s fighting bad guys. I wanted you to see cracks in her.

It shows. There is no discernible difference between the character and a male version of her.

Since I started working, I didn’t want to be defined by my sex or body. Why would I? It’s very medieval. When I have a costume fitting or makeup session, it’s like: “No, I don’t want to have full makeup in the end of the film if I’ve been trying to survive for 72 hours.” I’ve been fucked up; of course I wouldn’t look perfect, I’d be a mess! And all these voices around me are saying: “No, we think you look a little bit too rough.”

You made a promise to yourself, early in your career, not to pick roles based on vanity (1).

I didn’t have a choice. Being an actress is a world of possibilities. If I corner myself by saying I need to look a certain way, I lose that freedom. I saw this film I did when I was 22 and I was like: “Holy …” I hated what I looked like. And then I said: “Noomi, if you’re going to be an actress, it can’t be about what you look like. It needs to be about what’s going on inside of you.”

What movie was that?

A horrible Swedish film I did when I was 20 called Capricciosa. I learned a great lesson on that. The script I signed up for was about a girl whose mom killed herself. She was dancing to reconnect with her mom, who used to be a dancer. It was deep and layered; there was a reason why she was dancing. But then he removed all that and I became this sexy girl who was, as the director said, “sunlight coming into the room”. I realised I don’t want to be an actress if it’s like this. I had a conversation with Maisie Williams from Game of Thrones. She read an article about me where I said “fuck vanity” and then she decided to cut her hair. She said she wanted to be like Noomi. That made me so happy. Because I’m like: “OK, maybe I can create some waves that will inspire young actresses to not be so obsessed with the way they look.”

You’ve played many different nationalities: Swedish, Russian, British, Danish. As a foreign actor in Hollywood, do you find yourself cast as the token non-American?

Since I was a kid, I moved around a lot. I’m used to adapting to different cultures and cities and countries. People don’t know much about me, so I can become different things, change my body, change my face. I was sitting at dinner and people were talking about the scene in Prometheus when I do the caesarean on myself (2). After 10 minutes I was like: “That’s not how it was done.” And there was a guy who said: “Well, how would you know?” I was like: “Well, I was there. That’s me in the scene.” He was like: “What?” We’d been at dinner for two hours and he had no idea that I was the actress they were talking about.

Before our time is up I have to ask: are you still doing the Amy Winehouse biopic (3)?

If I do it, all the components need to be right. That’s not a movie I can compromise with. She’s been a big part of my life; at crucial moments, she was like an angel when I wasn’t in a good place. I have a painting in my house that’s four metres long that this Swedish artist did for me. It has ravens and the lyrics of Back to Black. When I left Sweden after my divorce (4), that was what I brought with me. So the film needs to be close to my heart and done the right way. And if not, it won’t be me doing it. It’s too precious to gamble with.

Game of Thrones actor on his fatal fight ‘Beyond the Wall’

You just knew all of our Game of Thrones heroes wouldn’t survive that perilous trek “Beyond the Wall.” And when the White Walkers and wights (and zombie polar bear!) closed in, it was knot-topped red priest Thoros of Myr (played by English comedian and actor Paul Kaye) who paid the ultimate price.

“I got the news last summer sometime, I missed a couple calls from [showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss], and that’s the kiss of death,” Kaye tells EW.

Was he disappointed that Thoros wouldn’t make it to the final season? “Obviously,” he says, but the actor was far more relieved that his character came back into the show last season and for season 7 in the first place. In George R.R. Martin’s novels upon which GoT is based, the journey of Thoros becomes intertwined with that of another character, Lady Stoneheart, who’s not in HBO’s version.

“It looked like they weren’t following Lady Stoneheart’s storyline in the show, so I prepared myself not to re-emerge,” he says. “So it was great to get back and have this adventure. Just staying alive for six seasons is an achievement in itself on this show.”

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Thoros was mauled by an undead bear after heroically saving The Hound, then perished amid the freezing cold on a rock island surrounded by his companions. “It’s glorious, really,” Kaye says. “And I like the fact I get [cremated] with my own booze as well —there’s a message there somewhere.”

Looking back at his time on the show, Kaye (whose upcoming credits include the 2017 zombie film Anna and the Apocalypse and the 2018 film Tomorrow) says he has particularly fond memories of filming his scenes in season 3 in the Brotherhood Without Banners cave hideout. “It was a special time,” he says. “My cast number was 47 and I was 47. It was just beyond my wildest dreams.”

There’s just one thing about his storyline that bugs him. “I used to like polar bears,” he says, “but not anymore!”

Veronica’s Sexy Ex Is Coming To Riverdale

Archie and Veronica’s red-hot romance may soon be derailed by the arrival of an attractive ex. Entertainment Weekly reports that Riverdale has cast actor Graham Phillips to play Nick St. Clair, the former boyfriend of its carrot-topped protagonist’s main squeeze, for the CW hit’s second season. Your move, Betty.

Fans of The Good Wife will recognize Phillips from his previous role as Zach, the earnest, tech-savvy son of Alicia and Peter Florrick (Julianna Margulies and Chris Noth). The 24-year-old actor also played the love interest of Modern Family’s Sarah Hyland in the 2016 Netflix original movie, XOXO.

His latest role will be a far cry from his good guy roots, however, according to Riverdale executive producer Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa.
“Nick is an old classmate of Veronica’s (played by Camila Mendes) from New York, and despite his parent-pleasing veneer, he is a wolf in sheep’s clothing: a hard-partying Lothario with dark desires and an unchecked sense of privilege,” Aguirre-Sacasa told EW. “His arrival in Riverdale will threaten Archie’s (K.J. Apa) relationship with Veronica, and may even put some of our characters at risk.”

Dun-dun-dun. As ominous as that sounds — unless you’re strongly shipping Archie and Betty (Lili Reinhart), who was last seen getting hot and heavy with Jughead (Cole Sprouse) — Nick’s visit won’t last too long. Phillips is currently on board for just two episodes when season 2 returns on October 11. How much damage could he possibly do?

Of course, this does cast more mystery on those behind-the-scenes season 2 photos which show Veronica being dolled up as a bride. Dastardly Nick couldn’t possibly be the groom in a Gossip Girl-style twist, right? Right?

Williams says it’s great time to be actor of color

NEW YORK — Jessica Williams says it’s a great time to be an actress of color, and applauds Netflix for leading the way in promoting diversity.

Williams, who cut her teeth as a correspondent on “The Daily Show,” takes on her first starring role in the streaming network’s original film, “The Incredible Jessica James.”

The actress feels Netflix helped shape stories about people of color, citing original programming like “Master of None” and “Orange is the New Black” that are able to “showcase people of color in an amazing way.” While inclusion continues to improve, especially on Netflix, Williams says the struggle for racial equality is far from over.

“I think it’s a difficult time in some ways to be a person of color, and I think the same for actors of color, but I also think it’s a great a time. Because I think now … there’s so much more room, I think, for us to be seen, and there’s room for us to create our own stories,” Williams said.

Williams feels great pride that she’s part of a movement toward greater diversity on screen, calling it something that makes her heart warm and sing. She said she remains mindful of the actresses who paved the way.

“It’s like so many black actresses that came before me and my generation. They came before and they did not necessarily have this opportunity that I feel like I have now, and so I’m really grateful for that, and I really do think it’s a really great time to be an actress that is black, in a way,” she said.

But that doesn’t make shifting gears from a comedy news show to a feature film an easy choice. Williams certainly felt some trepidation with the move.

“I was really nervous because this movie does have comedy in it. It also has a lot of heart, and some sweet moments. So I was worried whether I would be able to portray that or not. But I had a lot of fun doing it, and I found out that I could,” she said.

Written and directed by Jim Strouse — who previously directed Williams in his 2015 film, “People Places Things” — the story was written with Williams in mind. Her desire was to correctly depict the “life of a modern, young black woman,” and took it a step further by also taking on the role as an executive producer.

“Just in case I had things to say creatively,” Williams said.

Strouse called Williams a comedy ninja and the right actress to portray the ever-changing nature of romantic relationships.

“I remember when a relationship goes astray or whatever, you break up, you don’t talk and in like maybe months down the road you have coffee,” he said. “Now it’s like, you ghost and maybe a couple months down the road you start liking each other’s photos again. It’s a weird time.”

He called the dynamic interesting, then with a knowing smile said, “I don’t know if it’s healthy.”

As for her previous gig, Williams has the distinction of being the youngest correspondent hired for “The Daily Show.” Now she’s hoping to join the list of the show’s alumni who have moved on to bigger and better things.

“To be mentioned among people like Samantha Bee or Hassan Minaj and Steve Carrell and Steve Colbert is insane,” she said. “It’s, it’s very surreal and I think — I packed up everything to move and be on the ‘Daily Show’ and I was nervous because I was 22. I was, umm, I had a lot of big shoes to fill working with Jon Stewart. I felt like in the beginning I had a lot to prove, and it’s really an honor to be among those people.”

Why Supernatural Is Finally Ready For A Spinoff, According To The Showrunner

For the first time in a while, there will simply be enough room in the story for Supernatural to do justice to launching a spinoff. Andrew Dabb and the team behind the scenes will be able to do more than simply cram everything together for a one-and-done backdoor pilot; they will be able to build a new dynamic that can sustain a show of its own without feeling unconnected to the series that has won so many fans over the past decade.

The new spinoff will be fittingly called Wayward Sisters, and it will be comprised of characters Supernatural fans have already come to know and love over a span of many years. Sheriff-turned-hunter Jody Mills will be the protagonist, and she’ll lead a group of young women who lost their families in supernatural tragedies. Kim Rhodes will reprise the role of Jody, along with other returning actresses Kathryn Newton as Claire Novak, Katherine Ramdeen as Alex Jones, and Briana Buckmaster as Sheriff Donna Hanscum. This crew of Supernatural veterans will be joined by newcomer Clark Backo, who will play Patience Turner, and together they’ll hunt monsters as one badass group.

All things considered, Wayward Sisters already sounds like it will appeal to Supernatural fans much more than the first spinoff attempt did back in Season 9. In the first backdoor pilot designed to launch a spinoff, Sam and Dean discovered five mafia-esque monster families in Chicago. The characters who would anchor the spinoff were brand new to the Supernatural universe, and fans had no real reason to grow attached to them. That spinoff never made it to series.

If Wayward Sisters gets the series order from The CW, the odds are pretty good that we’ll get semi-frequent crossovers with Supernatural. The characters have close ties with each other, and we can bet that the Winchesters have a lot of lore that could be useful to the ladies. We’ll have to wait and see.

Supernatural will return to The CW in the fall, with the Wayward Sisters backdoor pilot airing at some point later in the season. Check out our summer TV schedule for what you can watch in the meantime. If you’re not up on what shows will be back, take a look at our breakdowns of the renewals and cancellations of network TV and cable/streaming.

Tyra Banks talks branding, baby and business

Tyra Banks learned the importance of standing out from the crowd as a teenage supermodel strutting the runway.

“I really had a natural way of walking that was a little different, sometimes a little wacky, and I would notice people smiling,” says Banks who even got standing ovations in the midst of fashion shows. “I was like ‘Oh wow. They like this. This is my signature walk.’ So that’s when I understood. … that differentiation was important.”

Banks continues to stand out from the crowd, transcending the world of modeling by becoming the creator and executive producer of America’s Next Top Model, the owner of a cosmetics and skin care company TYRA Beauty as well as the investment firm Fierce Capital, and the newest co-host of America’s Got Talent. She recently added yet another role to her plate, co-teaching the art of branding to students at Stanford’s Graduate School of business.

Branding is a skill that all of us need to master, Banks says, since society’s selfie-taking obsession with Facebook, Instagram and other social media channels means that “there’s a personal brand that you’re building even if you don’t know that you are. So I think it’s best to be equipped with the tools to make sure that you are shaping something that can serve you in the future.”

Banks taught the branding course last month to students whose ventures ranged from creating a life-saving device, to initiatives aimed at transforming the current political culture.

In addition to having the 25 pupils define their brand, they learned how to communicate it through various media and how to represent it in their personal appearance so that the public “at the blink of an eye can recognize you, from the way you look, to the way you sound, to the words you use, to the pictures that you post. … I think the more obsessed you are, the better chance you have of breaking through the clutter.”

Once your brand is established, Banks says, “the most important thing is to watch your competition and to see if your brand that is now very successful is being copied, because when people see something that’s good, everybody jumps on that bandwagon.”

Banks has learned that first hand.

“I pivot constantly in my career,” she says, adding that when she notices the competition, she thinks ” ‘Oh no, you will not catch up. … Boo, don’t you know you should just make up your own thing, because we’re about to change this, and you’re going to look obsolete because you’re going to be copying something that I don’t even do anymore?’ And that’s why the other shows have not worked.”

Another tip that Banks’ students received came from a social media expert, Gary Vaynerchuk, who informed them that posting messages, photos and tweets shouldn’t feel like a chore. “You need to focus and you need to be great at it,” Banks says, “so if you’re on every single platform, but you only like a couple of them, get off of those. … platforms and focus on the ones that you like.”

Banks, who is now mother to a 1-year-old son, York, said that such balance is important in other aspects of life. A few years ago, she was gracing magazine covers not because of her modeling career, but because of her television success and business acumen. She was chosen for Time magazine’s 100 most influential people, became one of Glamour’s women of the year, and at one point simultaneously hosted America’s Top Model and her own talk show.

“I was on fire,” she says. “I was so successful. … but I was exhausted and I was sad.”

She recalls preparing to interview then-Senator Barack Obama for her talk show, and rather than have her staff review his writings and prepare notes, she insisted on reading Obama’s books herself. “I was really going overboard,” she says, to the point “where I probably would have had to go to the hospital if I didn’t slow down.”

But after her son was born, “I definitely focused on him. I didn’t do any work at all for months.”

She has a nursery on set, a nanny, and York’s dad is very involved with his care and upbringing. “We are co-parenting and doing such a great job raising him that I don’t have to do less,” she says noting that her mother is also about to move closer. “So it’s like this beautiful village around York. But I’m there every day.”

And as Banks prepares to star in as well as executive produce Life-Size 2, a sequel to a 2000 Disney film that she previously starred in, Banks has also learned to let the teams working on her various projects communicate with each other so that she can better focus on one item at a time.

For instance, when she was teaching at Stanford, she was asked to fly to Los Angeles to do some press around America’s Got Talent. Banks refused. “I had to be there for my students, ” she says, and the show’s producers understood. They said ” ‘ You know what? We appreciate that. … you stay there and we’ll figure it out.’ ”

Banks says that focusing and not letting one part of her life overwhelm another has helped her “to be super present for my baby. … (I’m) mama in the morning, and I’m mama at night and sometimes all day when he’s with me and I don’t feel like I’m going crazy at all.”

Did Katy Perry ask drag queens to work for free

Drag queen Vicky Vox claims Katy Perry refused to pay drag queens to appear in one of her upcoming music videos.

On Tuesday, Vox called out an anonymous singer for “begging drag queens to do a music video for two days with no pay, they own costumes and all.”

Vox continued, “It wasn’t until we all said NOPE … that they said maybe there might be some budget. But they’ll get back to us tomorrow? No, f—k this. You need to know today, you stressed that. Do you think we just like to prance around for sugarplum dreams? Bitch, THIS IS F—KING WORK.”

“Drag queens should not have to beg you to value them. Not only is it insulting you asked them to value themselves as worthless,” Vox fumed. “You were going to USE them for your gain. Then say maybe when they say their time is valuable … you say maybe … NO!”

Perhaps alluding to Perry’s “Swish Swish” lyrics, which include “Karma’s not a liar / She keeps receipts,” Vox added. “Yes, I have receipts. I also don’t think the person whose video this is would be doing this on purpose. But, really tho, SHE KNOWS BETTER.”

Vox also took aim at “RuPaul’s Drag Race” stars who agreed to appear in the video free of charge, writing, “HOWEVER, apparently drag race girls said they’d do it for free… and local girls said respect my time. Fame chasers vs paper chasers.”

On Wednesday, Vox revealed Perry, 32, to be the pop star culprit.

“Yo, @katyperry .. just so it’s clear. I had love for you. Your team f—ked up,” Vox tweeted Wednesday.

Vox proceeded to tweet out a series of memes and graphics explaining why unpaid work in exchange for exposure was wrong.

A rep for Perry, who recently boasted about her huge “American Idol” payday, told Page Six, “There is no truth to this.”