TIME movies

Rose Byrne on Her Outrageous Look in Spy: ‘My Hair Needs Its Own Credit’

The versatile actress explains how she cultivated the perfect style for her new film

The action-comedy Spy, in theaters June 5, boasts laugh-out-loud performances from Oscar nominees Melissa McCarthy and Jude Law, a bracingly funny turn from action superstar Jason Statham and an unexpected extended cameo from the rapper 50 Cent, playing himself. But the film’s true star might be Rose Byrne’s hair.

Byrne, 35, plays Raina Boyanov, a ruthless Bulgarian heiress; she’s the primary antagonist to McCarthy’s Susan Cooper, a frumpy CIA desk agent who heads into the field to stop Boyanov from selling a nuclear weapon to a terrorist organization. Clad in tacky-expensive catsuits with layers of spectacularly coiffured extensions, Byrne looks like—as Cooper jokes—”a slutty dolphin trainer.”

“My hair needs its own credit,” Byrne says. “I would be [in hair and makeup] for an hour and a half, but I’d always have to go back in because it would start to melt into different shapes on my head. It’s part Marie Antoinette, part Eastern European, part Kardashian.”

In conversation with TIME, Byrne talks about her rapport with McCarthy, making a very different kind of James Bond movie and why television is no longer “the bastard child of the business.”

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Bruce Jenner’s New Reality Show Will Be About His Life as a Transgender Woman

The E! documentary series will begin airing July 26

Bruce Jenner came out as transgender in an interview Friday, saying that “for all intents and purposes, I am a woman.” On the heels of that announcement, E!—the home of the long-running reality series Keeping Up With the Kardashians and its many spin-offs, on which Jenner frequently appears—announced that it will broadcast a new documentary series following Jenner’s transition and life as a woman.

A news release promises that the show will “present an unfiltered look as Bruce boldly steps into uncharted territory”:

The series will tell Bruce’s intimate story and will join him as he seeks out his ‘new normal.’ Living for the first time as the person he feels he was born to be, the docuseries will also explore what Bruce’s transition means for the people in his life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of many of life’s challenges.

The as-yet-untitled series, which will consist of eight one-hour episodes, will begin airing July 26 at 9 p.m. on E!.

The news release also reinforced the sentiment Jenner expressed in the ABC interview—that he is “choosing not to live publicly in the media as a woman.” Instead, he will continue to be referred to as Bruce Jenner and with male pronouns.

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The Kardashians and Other Celebrities React to Bruce Jenner’s Coming Out Interview

"I'm soooo proud of you!" Khloé Kardashian said

Bruce Jenner’s much-anticipated interview with ABC aired Friday, and as was widely expected, the former Olympian and reality star announced that he is choosing to live as a woman. The broadcast was a popular point of discussion on social media, with friends, family and fans speaking out in support of Jenner’s transition.

The pop singer Lady Gaga, a longtime advocate for LGBT causes, offered her encouragement and admiration:

So did Miley Cyrus:

Jenner’s step-daughter, Khloe Kardashian, chimed in, as did Bruce’s daughters Kendall and Kylie Jenner:

Transgender teen Jazz Jennings voiced her support, as did transgender actress and TIME 100 honoree Laverne Cox:

Meanwhile, when the blogger Perez Hilton tweeted that Bruce’s third wife, Kris Jenner, had not commented to ABC for the interview, Kris clapped back:

Separately, Kris tweeted her enthusiastic admiration and affection for Bruce:

TIME Music

Madonna: I Found Out That I’d Been Hacked From My Instagram Followers

In a new interview, the queen of pop says her millions of Instagram followers lent her a hand — by letting her know that her music had leaked online

Madonna took a nasty tumble last night while performing at the Brit Awards — but it was far from the first ordeal she’s had to endure while promoting her new album, Rebel Heart. Consider what happened in December, when a nasty hack of her personal computer led to dozens of the demos she had recorded leaking online. Quickly, she finished several of those songs and rushed out a six-track EP on iTunes, then got to work prepping the rest of her album for a March 10 release. On Jan. 21, an Israeli man was arrested in connection with the hack, helping bring resolution what she described as “artistic rape.”

MORE: Read our profile of Madonna in the March 9 issue of TIME.

In an interview in the March 9 issue of TIME, on newsstands Friday, Madonna opens up about the fallout from the hack, which she says she learned about from a surprising source: her fans. “It was through Instagram that I found out my songs were leaking, because my fans were warning me,” she says. “Aside from the violation of having something stolen from me, suddenly, people were making comments on songs I had no intention of releasing. I thought, ‘Oh my God,’ I have to push myself into overdrive.’ I didn’t sleep for weeks. I didn’t see my kids. It was pandemonium, confusion, paranoia, hysteria.”

In the wake of the unprecedented hacking of Sony, cybersecurity is a hot-button issue, and Madonna says she only expects it to get worse. “I think it’s going to become pervasive in our society,” she says. “People make a living off it. It’s not like you’re a bank robber — there’s some kind of honesty to that crime. With cybercrime, you don’t know who they are. People can hide so easily, and it’s really dangerous. What it represents to an artist to not be able to finish your work, to never know when someone is going to steal something off a server — what does that mean for artists in the future? The fact that this guy was arrested, and that there will be a prosecution, is extremely important to me. Not just because of my stolen art, but for what it means for other artists. I think it will send a very strong message to the world.”

Click here for more with Madonna — including her thoughts on how the art world has changed, getting back to her roots as a songwriter and how the queen of reinvention considers herself surprisingly “predictable.”

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Nicki Minaj: What It’s Like When Beyoncé and I Are in the Studio Together

Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.
Michael Tran—Getty Images Recording artist Nicki Minaj performs onstage during the 2014 American Music Awards held at Nokia Theatre L.A. Live on November 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.

"I knew girls were going to be posting pictures on Instagram saying '#feelingmyself,'" the rapper says. "I told Beyoncé that"

Nicki Minaj’s collaboration with Beyoncé on a remix of “Flawless” was one of the most electrifying musical moments of 2014. So when Minaj was recording her third album, The Pinkprint, Beyoncé was happy to return the favor by guesting on Minaj’s song “Feeling Myself” — lending that distinctive Yoncé swagger to Minaj’s ode to self-celebration of all kinds. (Good luck finding a better put-down than this one, courtesy of Minaj: “Bitches ain’t got punchlines or flow / I have both, and an empire, also.”)

In a new interview with TIME, on stands Feb. 6, Minaj opens up about the challenges of building her business, body image pressures in the music industry and the abortion she had as a teenager. But she also has a lot to say about her work with Bey.

“When I did ‘Flawless,’ she said that she would do something for The Pinkprint,” Minaj says. “I was ecstatic. She had ‘Feeling Myself’ — she wanted to know how I felt about it. I said, ‘I love it.’ I knew girls were going to be posting pictures on Instagram saying ‘#feelingmyself.’ I told Beyoncé that. I was like, ‘You already know what’s going to happen.'”

But both performers wanted to recreate the magic. “There was pressure,” Minaj says. “‘Flawless’ impacted so hard. But people seemed to love ‘Feeling Myself,’ too. I was excited that we got another one. With ‘Flawless,’ it makes girls feel good about themselves. You could say, ‘I’m feeling myself’ or ‘I’m flawless.’ It’s something every girl wants to say.”

Since the two never made a video for the “Flawless” remix, the song seems primed for a video treatment, but Minaj says there’s nothing in the works yet. “We never talked about it,” Minaj says. “‘Flawless Remix’ went No. 1 on urban radio without a video. Which is crazy! It wasn’t even on iTunes. So I don’t know that we need to do a video. But I would — of course — love to do one.”

As for their process together in the studio, Minaj found the experience very educational. “I always feel like I learn so much when I work with her. I don’t normally work with people like me. I’m always the one feeling like I’m a lunatic.” Minaj laughs. “Like I’m over-thinking everything. But she’s very, very hands-on. So whenever I work with her, I feel maybe I’m not so bad after all.”

For more with Minaj, pick up the new issue of TIME, on stands Feb. 6.

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