Selena Gomez: Don’t ask what Taylor Swift said at VMAs

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Did Taylor Swift really utter an expletive to Selena Gomez when One Direction and former love interest Harry Styles took the stage for the MTV Video Music Awards?

Don’t ask Selena Gomez. Swift’s seemingly foul-mouthed reaction shot lit up social networks and became an instant GIF. But Gomez reprimanded a reporter who asked what Swift said at the premiere of Gomez’s new film, “Getaway,” on Monday. “Don’t try that with me,” Gomez told him.

The young star later said that she’s protective of her friends. “I think girls need to be more supportive of each other. I definitely agree with that. I’m all about that,” she said. “Taylor has been one of those girls. We have been friends for five years. She is very strong. She doesn’t care what people think and she inspires me.”

Gomez won best pop video for “Come & Get It” at the ceremony Sunday and said she didn’t expect to win.

“So I am watching the beautiful boys, One Direction who are not bad to look at, then they said my name. I looked at Taylor… it was surreal. Because I do put so much work into my music. There’s so much talk of everything. But I did put my heart and soul into it so I was really excited. It was great.”

Madonna breaks silence on ‘Born This Way’


The star opens up about the claim that Lady Gaga’s hit is a rip-off of her song, “Express Yourself.”

Lady Gaga has been up front about her admiration for Madonna. But does Madonna share the love?

The “Material Girl” sounded lukewarm in U.S. interviews released on Friday, calling her influence on Gaga’s music “interesting” and “amusing.” Sometimes.

“I certainly think she references me a lot in her work. And sometimes I think it’s amusing and flattering and well done,” Madonna, 53, told ABC News in a television interview.

“There’s a lot of ways to look at it. I can’t really be annoyed by it…because obviously, I’ve influenced her,” the pop star told ABC.

The comparisons between the two divas, both known for combining provocative stunts with catchy dance-pop hits, came to a head when Gaga released her “Born This Way” single last February.

The song was instantly likened to Madonna’s 1989 hit “Express Yourself”.

“When I heard it on the radio .I said that sounds very familiar,” Madonna said. Asked if that felt annoying, Madonna responded, “It felt reductive.”

Pressed by ABC interviewer Cynthia McFadden whether that was a good or bad thing, Madonna replied “look it up”.

In a separate interview in the upcoming issue of Newsweek, Madonna described “Born This Way” as “a wonderful way to redo my song.”

“I mean, I recognized the chord changes. I thought it was… interesting,” she added.

“Born This Way” became an instant hit for Lady Gaga, 25, topping the charts in 19 countries and becoming the fastest selling song in iTunes history.

The Grammy-winning singer told U.S. talk show host Jay Leno in February that she was Madonna’s “hugest fan personally and professionally.”

As for “Born This Way”, Gaga told Leno; “The good news is that I got an e-mail from her (Madonna’s) people, and her sending me their love and complete support on behalf of the single.”

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George Clooney discusses ‘The Ides of March’

George ClooneyDirector, co-writer, and Oscar-winning actor George Clooney (Syriana) tackles the world of politics in the thriller The Ides of March starring Ryan Gosling, Paul Giamatti, and Philip Seymour Hoffman. And while the film involves the behind-the-scenes sleazy maneuverings involved in a run for the highest political office in America, Clooney believes The Ides of March could have been set on Wall Street and still had the same impact. At a press conference at the Toronto Film Festival in support of the film’s October 7, 2011 release, Clooney explained his take on what The Ides of March (based on the play Farragut North by Beau Willimon) is really all about.

Do your politics influence the roles you choose and movies you direct?

George Clooney: “I didn’t think of this as really a political film. I thought this was a film about moral choices. I didn’t think of it really as necessarily the political side. I just thought it was a fun moral tale. Once you set it in politics, it amps up all the problems and I thought that was fun.”

Tell us about George Clooney the director.

George Clooney: “Pretty much the same guy as George Clooney the actor. I’m exactly the same height, same hair…pretty much the same. I’m lucky enough to work with a great bunch of actors who elevate the project. That’s the secret to directing, working with good people. How’s that for a political answer?”

What do you expect from other actors?

George Clooney: “I had some pictures of a few of them in compromising positions to get them to say yes. In fact some of them together, but you guys figure that out. Listen, they liked the script, they wanted to do the part, and you sort of get out of the way mostly.”

Do you want people to see the greater good or the cynicism towards politics?

George Clooney: “Well, I think you need to remember that films don’t lead the way. People oftentimes think that films somehow are trying to lead society. In general, it takes a few years at the very least to get a film made. So mostly we’re reflecting the moods and thoughts that are going on in our country or around the world. This film reflects some of the cynicism that we’ve seen in recent times. That’s probably good. It’s not a bad thing to hold a mirror up and look at some of the things that we’re doing. It’s not a bad thing to look at how we elect our politicians, but that wasn’t what the film was designed to do.”

“Honestly, the idea was for us that there isn’t a person you’ve ever met that hasn’t been faced with certain moral questions. Every one of us has had that idea of, ‘Well, if I take this job which is better, I might be screwing over my boss who I like.’ Everybody makes moral choices that better themselves and hurt someone else along the way. Whether or not the means justify the ends, that to me is universal. It could’ve been Wall Street. It would’ve been probably easier on Wall Street. It could’ve been anything. That was our point.”

Politicians may say whatever they can to attract as many voters as possible, and there are some politicians who are happy to represent as specific a base as possible. Why do you think that is and will we come back to politicians trying to serve a greater number of voters?

George Clooney: “I think everything is cyclical and I think we’re in a period of time right now where it’s probably not our best moment in politics, in the political cycle. But if you look at the things that Jefferson and Adams did to one another, there’s an awful lot. The 1800 election was pretty evil and pretty rotten, so things change. They’re cyclical.”
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The X-Men Come Together

The X-Men: First Class

Michael Fassbender, Rose Byrne, January Jones and Jason Flemyng.

After Charles, joined by Erik, recruits the “first class” of young mutants, these gifted students learn to control and direct their powers for the greater good of mankind. But harnessing these powers is not easy, nor is their coming together as a team.

In the first X-Men film trilogy, the mutants have long honed their abilities and were a smooth-running (well, mostly) team. But when we meet the young mutants in X-MEN: FIRST CLASS, their powers are untamed and unfocused. Moreover, says Bryan Singer, like most teenagers, the mutants are uncomfortable with being different from their peers. “Their situation is a metaphor for how uncomfortable teens feel in their skin, and how difficult it is when you’re ‘different’ from the societal ideal.”

Charles’ first mutant ally is Raven, a blue-skinned shape-shifter with superhuman agility. The two mutants had met as youngsters, when Charles discovered Raven rummaging through the kitchen of his family’s mansion. (In addition to setting up the critical Charles-Raven relationship, the idyllic setting of the lavish Xavier home provides a stark counterpoint to the circumstances of Erik’s childhood.)

Charles makes Raven a member of his family, and they grow up as a kind of brother and sister. But as we know from the first films, their relationship will change dramatically. Explains Bryan Singer: “Because Charles is young and at times naïve, he sometimes doesn’t pay as much attention to Raven as he should, and she sometimes becomes resentful. And that takes her on the path to where we find her in the original film trilogy [played by Rebecca Romijn], as part of Magneto’s Brotherhood.”

Jennifer Lawrence, a Best Actress Academy Award® nominee for her breakout performance in the 2010 drama Winter’s Bone, portrays Raven, whose mutant name is Mystique. “Raven has learned to live with her secret, but much like most insecure teenagers who react to something they perceive makes them different, she hasn’t really faced up to her unique abilities,” she says. “Raven is mostly ashamed of them. She slowly starts to realize it is a blessing and becomes proud of her mutant abilities, as do the other young mutants of their powers. At the beginning we are isolated and alone, and each mutant goes through a huge evolution. We join together to become this iconic X-Men team, and then separate. It is fascinating to see the journey each character takes and which side they ultimately join.”

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Zoe Kravitz plays Angel Salvadore.

As Charles and Erik become aware of the existence of other mutants, they discover a plot that puts them in the middle of the escalating tensions between the U.S. and the Soviet Union, which is hurtling the world toward disaster. This, in turn, creates an uneasy alliance between the mutants and a covert U.S. government agency. At the agency, Charles and Erik meet Hank, a brilliant scientist with only a few mutant features – until a serum unexpectedly unleashes the superhuman Beast within.

Hank, his mutant powers as yet unrevealed, works at the top-secret agency developing world-changing technology, like Cerebro and the X-Jet. Hank has been alone for much of his life, in hiding and embarrassed by his big simian-like feet and superhuman agility. When he meets Charles and Erik, Hank’s life takes an unexpected turn. Explains Nicholas Hoult, a rising star who takes on the role of the mutant whom fans would come to love as Beast: “Charles tells Hank he must release his full mutant powers. Hank has been trying to suppress his powers and convince himself they don’t even exist. He is too afraid of what he might be capable of if he unleashes them. Charles makes Hank confront his mutant abilities, learn to control them, and use them to help both mutants and humans.”

Hoult, who is now before the cameras in Bryan Singer’s adventure Jack the Giant Killer, understands how Hank’s feelings about his unique abilities are so relatable: “Everyone has been embarrassed or felt like an outsider, at some time in their life. The feelings these mutants have about their powers are no different. When they find each other, and can share their talents, they can finally be proud of who they are.”

Rounding out the team that become the first class of X-Men are Lucas Till as Alex Summers, aka Havok, who can emit concentric rings of super-heated energy waves, causing his targets to burst into flame – and whom Charles and Erik free from solitary confinement in a penitentiary; Caleb Landry Jones as Sean Cassidy, aka Banshee, whose unique sonic blasts carry him into flight; and Edi Gathegi as Armondo Munoz, aka Darwin, whose “reactive evolution” enables him to adapt to any situation or environment.

Tilda Swinton: I tried to kill my youngest brother as a child

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Was Tilda Swinton a bad seed? The Oscar-winning actress, 50, reveals a deep, very dark childhood secret: She nearly murdered her youngest brother as a child.

The We Need to About Kevin star told the shocking story to England’s The Telegraph magazine.

Recalling the brutal 1993 murder of 2-year-old British boy James Bulger, Swinton said: “Years ago, when James Bulger was murdered, every newspaper front page was talking about evil. At that point, having suppressed it for years, I remembered when I was four or five, I tried to kill my own brother.”

Explained the British star: “He was newly born and I was disappointed, because he was the third boy. That was enough as far as I was concerned.”

But, thankfully, the Michael Clayton actress had a change of heart when visiting her baby brother’s nursery. “I went into his room to kill him, saw some ribbons from a bonnet going into his mouth, and began to pull them out,” Swinton recalled. “And I was discovered saving his life. So I had this strange reputation – my brother’s savior – and no one knew I wanted to kill him. It took the Bulger case for me to remember that I’d seriously wanted to.”

Partners since 2004, Swinton and Scottish painter John Byrne are parents to 13-year-old twins, son Xavier and daughter Honor.

The topic of child evil has been on Swinton’s mind as she promotes new flick We Need to Talk About Kevin, in which she plays the mother of a boy who commits mass murder.

“It’s everybody’s nightmare that, when they’re pregnant, they’re going to give birth to the devil,” she has said. “That when they bring up children, especially a boy, they’re going to give birth to this violence.”