TIME Music

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell Are at It Again With ‘Spark the Fire’

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Pharrell Williams and Gwen Stefani perform on stage during CBS Radio's We Can Survive at the Hollywood Bowl in Los Angeles on Oct. 24, 2014 Frazer Harrison—2014 Getty Images

Gwen Stefani and Pharrell are no strangersmost memorably, they collaborated together on her 2005 hit “Hollaback Girl”and they’re at it again, this time for Stefani’s latest single, “Spark the Fire.”

Stefani hasn’t released a new album since 2006’s The Sweet Escape, and “Spark the Fire” is the second single she’s released since then. The first was “Baby Don’t Lie,” a track she released in October.

“Spark the Fire” features some “Hollaback Girl”-reminiscent beats and lots of shout-talking from Stefani. Head over to Stereogum to listen to the track.

This article originally appeared on Ew.com

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Bill Cosby Biographer Admits ‘I Was Wrong’ to Ignore Sexual-Assault Allegations

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Bill Cosby performs at the Treasure Island Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas on Sept. 26, 2014 Ethan Miller—Getty Images

As women continue to come forward with allegations of sexual assault against Bill Cosby, several journalists have offered mea culpas for turning a blind eye to the allegations and helping paint the comedian’s falsely wholesome image as “America’s Dad.”

The latest among them is The New York Times’ David Carr, who on Monday owned up to being one of Cosby’s “media enablers.”

In addition to admitting that he, too, opted out of addressing the allegations in his”deeply unpleasant” Q&A with Cosby for an in-flight magazine in 2011, Carr called out a list of culpable parties, including The Atlantic‘s Ta-Nehisi Coates, The New Yorker‘s Kelefa T. Sanneh, and most critically Mark Whitaker, author of the nearly-500-page Cosby: His Life and Times biography. “Any book of the size and scope of Mr. Whitaker’s should have gone there,” Carr wrote.

Whitaker has said he didn’t want to include anything that wasn’t confirmed in Cosby, which he wrote in cooperation with the comedian. But on Monday, he made it clear he was no longer defending his decision.

“David you are right. I was wrong to not deal with the sexual assault charges against Cosby and pursue them more aggressively,” he wrote in response to Carr on Twitter. “I am following new developments and will address them at the appropriate time. If true the stories are shocking and horrible.”

Last week, Ta-Nehisi Coates wrote a piece in The Atlantic similar to Carr’s, regretting his own “recklessness” in his coverage of Cosby from 2006 to 2007.

“I don’t have many writing regrets. But this is one of them, “Coates wrote. “I regret not saying what I thought of the accusations, and then pursuing those thoughts. I regret it because the lack of pursuit puts me in league with people who either looked away, or did not look hard enough. I take it as a personal admonition to always go there, to never flinch, to never look away.”

This article originally appeared on Ew.com

TIME movies

Dustin Hoffman Smitten by ‘Scrumptious’ Judi Dench

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Dustin Hoffman and Judi Dench attend Roald Dahl's Esio Trot VIP red-carpet screening on Nov. 12, 2014, in London Nicky J Sims—Getty Images

"I wouldn't have let you get away," said Hoffman of Dench

Hollywood actor Dustin Hoffman admits to being starstruck by Judi Dench, after the actors appeared alongside one another in the BBC adaptation of Roald Dahl’s Esio Trot. Hoffman, 77, described Dench, who is two years his senior, as a “scrumptious-looking woman.”

“I said to Judi, ‘If I met you then, I wouldn’t have let you get away,'” said Hoffman as quoted by Agence France-Presse. He appears in Esio Trot as a bachelor in love with his neighbor, played by Dench, who seems to be more inclined toward her pet tortoise.

Hoffman, who rose to stardom playing an awkward love-struck youth in late Mike Nichols masterpiece The Graduate, was hopeful of doing “a love story where we meet in our 20s but yet we’re acting as we are now.”

Esio Trot is being adapted by British screenwriter Richard Curtis, whose previous work includes the acclaimed romantic comedies Notting Hill and Four Weddings and a Funeral. His latest opus is scheduled to be screened over Christmas.

Among all the characters of his films, Curtis said last month, the couple played by Hoffman and Drench in Esio Trot were “most likely to stay together.”

[AFP]

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Dancing With Stars Watch: The Finale — Part 1

WITNEY CARSON, ALFONSO RIBEIRO, BETHANY MOTA, DEREK HOUGH, JANEL PARRISH, VAL CHMERKOVSKIY, SADIE ROBERTSON, MARK BALLAS
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Plus, somebody got sent home

It’s finally the finale of Dancing With the Stars. But before we get to the dance-floor action, this post owes a debt of gratitude to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1 for illustrating the proper punctuation for a two-part finale. May the odds be ever in grammar’s favor or something.

Tonight the finalists — YouTube star Bethany Mota, Pretty Little Liar Janel Parrish, Fresh Prince forever Alfonso Ribeiro and Duck Dynasty scion Sadie Robertson — perform two dances, one chosen by the judges and one freestyle. Tonight one couple goes home and tomorrow one of them will take home the Mirror Ball Trophy. It’s all very exciting, much like The Hunger Games: Mockingjay — Part 1, but with more backstabbing.

Here’s what happened on Dancing With the Stars: The Finale — Part 1:

Bethany Mota and Derek Hough: Bruno Tonioli wanted to see a repeat performance of Derek and Bethany’s jive to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off,” and while there’s undoubtedly some calculus to the judges’ decisions, it’s easiest to believe Bruno, like the rest of us, has had that song stuck in his head for the past three months. There were some technical difficulties (the fake bedroom didn’t move quickly enough!) that affected the dancing a bit (timing!), and the judges had no problem dinging the couple for those issues, which seems unfair, but also very finale-appropriate. Derek tried to make amends by complimenting everyone (except his sister) before they handed out scores. 36/40

Sadie Robertson and Mark Ballas: Len Goodman opted to see Sadie and Mark’s Duck Dynasty–themed samba, because he was off judging the weirdly named Strictly Come Dancing when they performed it the first time. The real highlight came when Sadie had to barf in a bucket due to nerves. Just kidding! That wasn’t the highlight, it was when Liam Payne from One Direction showed up to rally votes for Sadie. (He’s a longtime supporter of the Robertson family, even tweeting his support when Robertson’s grandfather equated homosexuality with bestiality.) When she wins, you can either blame the Directioners or the fact that 25 of her family members are in the audience. Carrie Ann Inaba admitted that she didn’t think Sadie would be in the finale, but has learned to appreciate her skill. 38/40

Janel Parrish and Val Chmerkovskiy: Janel and Val have a disadvantage because Janel was too busy on the set of Pretty Little Liars, which [SPOILER ALERT] doesn’t make much sense as Mona was [SERIOUSLY, SPOILER ALERT] very dead at the end of last season. What the heck was she doing on set? Hurry up new season! [END SPOILER ALERT]. Anyway, they were three days behind in rehearsals for the samba that Julianne Hough assigned them. It was one of their lowest-scoring dances during the season, and Janel was excited to redeem herself. However she injured her rib during rehearsal and had to samba through the pain. She still managed to get a 10 from Len, which is all she wanted for Christmas. 37/40

Alfonso Ribeiro and Witney Carson: While Janel had a rib injury and Sadie puked in a trash can, Alfonso still reigns supreme when it comes to body ails. The man was crying from pain on camera last week, after all, so he holds on to that crown. Regardless of his pain, Carrie Ann assigned him a repeat performance of the fast-paced jive. His routine was solid weeks ago, and it was downright dazzling in the finals, despite his physical decrepitude. Carrie Ann almost whacked Len on the head in her enthusiasm and Len compared Alfonso to Frank Sinatra, which is not exactly true but an impressive hyperbole nonetheless. 40/40, and Alfonso thanked all his doctors.

Bethany and Derek, freestyle: Bethany went Mad Max in her final routine (if Mad Max wore sparkles), but held her own in the Thunderdome against the troupe members who helped round out the routine. It was dramatic, dynamic and the perfect ending to the season for the YouTube star. 40/40, for a total of 76/80

Sadie and Mark, freestyle: For some reason Mark decided that their final routine should be Super Mario Bros.–themed, because why not? It is Dancing With the Stars after all, so you may as well slap on some mustaches, bedazzle Mario and Luigi, find yourself a full-size ’shroom and send them all out onto the dance floor to completely entertain your fans and bewilder Len. Julianne dubbed it “the cutest thing she had ever seen.” Bruno said it was “original and refreshing.” Even Len thought it was memorable. 40/40, for a total of 78/80

Janel and Val, freestyle: Janel said they wanted to keep their final routine “just Val and Janel,” which meant a slow, smoke-filled, sensual routine to the theme from Friends. (Val is such a Joey, amirite?) Bruno dubbed it “hypnotically beautiful.” Carrie Ann said the routine “went inside” and “changed them” (she’s such a Phoebe). 40/40, for a total of 77/80

Alfonso and Witney, freestyle: Alfonso and Witney’s routine started out as an old-timey jazz number that was reminiscent of their jive, but this time they were wearing black and white instead of taupe, and Alfonso stopped and did a tap routine in the middle of the performance. It was tight and impressive, and Alfonso didn’t seem to aggravate his groin or feel the need to say the word groin even once. 40/40, for a perfect 80/80

Who went home: At this point, everyone deserves to win, everyone has incredible talent, everyone should be very proud of themselves yada yada yada. Bethany went home. Why? Who knows! She deserved to win, has incredible talent and should be very proud of herself.

Best reason to come back tomorrow: Somebody gets to try and fit the Mirror Ball Trophy in their Uber!

TIME movies

Christian Bale ‘Jealous’ That Ben Affleck Gets to Play Batman Now

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Christian Bale attends the EE British Academy Film Awards 2014 at The Royal Opera House on Feb. 16, 2014 in London, England Karwai Tang—WireImage/Getty Images

"I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour," Bale said

You’d think that after three movies with the comic-book character that Christian Bale would be ready to let go of playing Batman. Bale thought that too, but he recently admitted he was feeling “jealous” that Ben Affleck was cast as the caped crusader for the upcoming Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice.

“The fact that I’m jealous of someone else playing Batman … I think I should have gotten over it by now,” he told Empire magazine.

Bale says he hasn’t spoken with Affleck about the role, but he has emailed him with advice.

“I’ve got to admit initially, even though I felt that it was the right time to stop, there was always a bit of me going, ‘Oh go on… Let’s do another,'” Bale said elsewhere in the interview. “So when I heard there was someone else doing it, there was a moment where I just stopped and stared into nothing for half an hour.”

[Huffington Post]

TIME Music

Watch the ‘Hunger Games’ and One Direction Mash-Up You Didn’t Know You Needed

A "Mockingjay"-inspired twist on One Direction's "Steal My Girl"

People like The Hunger Games. People like One Direction. But will these two great tastes taste great together?

Find out for yourself by listening to “Kill My Girl,” a Mockingjay-inspired twist on One Direction’s “Steal My Girl.” It’s the third in a series of Hunger Gamessong parodies by Twenty First Records, which previously put a little Panem into Rihanna’s “We Found Love” and Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

And it’s not even just parody, either. With sample lyrics like “I love Katniss / But Peeta’s with her / I snuck in a kiss / Our district did burn,” it’s also a handy recap for those of us who haven’t seen Mockingjay yet and need a refresher on how the last movie wrapped things up. Handy!

This article originally appeared on PEOPLE.com

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Bono, Shia LaBeouf Lead GQ’s ‘Least Influential’ 2014 List

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Bono of U2 perform on stage during the Bambi Awards 2014 show on November 13, 2014 in Berlin, Germany. Gisela Schober—Getty Images

GQ releases 2014's list of “30 Least Influential People"

As the year comes to a close, it’s time for the inevitable look back on some of the most important people, events, and releases of the year. But what about those people, events, and releases that were a complete waste of our time?

In honor of that sentiment, GQ has released 2014′s list of “30 Least Influential People,” recognizing those “who took up vast clouds of oxygen, gave us back nothing of use, and probably helped accelerate the death of our planet.”

GQ‘s Drew Magary notes that the list is not a ranking of the 30 least influential, but rather a random assortment of those who didn’t do all that much to better the earth in the last 11 months. Among them are Bono and U2—or the “Tom Friedman of rock and the rest of his band”—who earned a spot for Songs of Innocence and its forced release into every iTunes user’s library.

Also on the list are President Barack Obama for his response to major catastrophes in the last year, Robin Thicke for cheating on his wife and then writing an entire album to try to win her back, CNN for spending the majority of the year searching for a single plane, and Shia LaBeouf for… well, for being Shia LaBeouf.

Check out GQ for the entire list and bask in the ineptitude that’s been on display throughout 2014.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

TIME Theater

An Unseen Arthur Miller Play Will Debut in 2015

Miller wrote it as a movie, but the country's political climate kept it from happening

A previously unseen play from the late Pulitzer-winning playwright Arthur Miller will debut next year.

Miller, who passed away in 2005, wrote The Hook originally as a movie, but it never came to fruition after Hollywood executives pushed Miller to make communists the villains, the BBC reports. One of Miller’s best-known plays, The Crucible, allegorically criticizes the red scare during the years of Senator Joseph McCarthy’s House Un-American Activitees Committee, framed during the 17th century Salem witch trials.

The Hook is set in 1950s New York and follows a dockworker who encounters corruption.

“Miller was a man of extraordinary integrity,” director James Dacre said. “He was absolutely determined to depict the work as it was rather as other people demanded he describe it.”

It will premiere at the Royal & Derngate theater in Northampton, England, in June of 2015. Then, it will move to the Everyman Theater in Liverpool in July.

[BBC]

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6 Things John Green and Taylor Swift Could Have Discussed on the Phone

What are the bestselling author and pop star talking about?

YA literature and pop superstardom collided Monday when John Green and pop (née country) sensation Taylor Swift synced up over the phone. Green took to Twitter, from the set of the film adaptation of his book Paper Towns, to let his 3 million followers know about the exchange.

It’s no secret that the two are fans of each other’s work. When Swift’s album 1989 was released, Green blogged about listening to it when he should have been paying attention in meetings. Swift responded that he was her favorite author. And so began the social media love fest. But what could the two be discussing? Here are some theories:

He’s asking her to contribute to the Paper Towns soundtrack. The film starring Nat Wolff and Cara Delevingne will hit theaters in June of 2015. Acts like British crooner Ed Sheeran and rising pop star Charli XCX contributed to The Fault in Our Stars soundtrack this year, but perhaps Green is hoping to bring some even bigger guns on board this time — like a certain TIME magazine cover star.

They could be interviewing each other. Magazines sometimes put celebrities together to see what happens. That’s basically the whole premise of Interview magazine. The New York Times also just sat down with authors Gillian Flynn and Cheryl Strayed to talk about their books’ film adaptations. Maybe Swift and Green hopped on a call to share their insights on teenagers? With his book sales and her record sales, they certainly know how to tap into America’s youth.

They’re discussing movie roles. Swift likes a challenge, so after dominating the music industry, maybe she’s setting her sights on Hollywood. Paramount has signed actress and filmmaker Sarah Polley to adapt Green’s Looking for Alaska, but no one has been cast as the blonde, beautiful and enigmatic Alaska yet. Or perhaps Green was so impressed with Swift’s brief appearance in The Giver that he’s asking her to make a different cameo in the film.

Taylor wants another friend. The star is famous for making new besties and entertaining them in style. Tavi Gevinson, Emma Stone, Lena Dunham, Selena Gomez, Karlie Koss and even Kendrick Lamar are in Swift’s social circle. So given their mutual admiration, why not add Green to the list? Maybe she invited him over to make pie.

They’re talking about Serial. The Serial podcast is the most popular podcast in the history of podcasts, so why couldn’t the author and the pop singer be among its 1.5 million fans? Maybe Swift can’t stop thinking about the call from Nisha. Maybe, like reporter Sarah Koenig, Green is dwelling on the selective use of phone call records in the murder case. Most important of all, what’s a Best Buy? What makes its Buy the Best?

He’s trying to get her back on Spotify. Perhaps Green has discovered that, since 1989 came out he can’t get work done listening to anything else. Green can likely afford Swift’s music, but maybe he’s concerned about the next generation of novelists who are unable to experience the joys of crafting great fiction while “Wildest Dreams” plays softly in the background. “But Taylor, Beyoncé just put her last album on Spotify, why can’t you do the same? Think of the children!” Green pleads. “Oh John,” Swift laughs. “Would you like it if people could read your books for free?”

Read next: Taylor Swift Defends Albums as ‘Art’ at the American Music Awards

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True Detective Confirms 3 More Cast Members

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'True Detective' JIm Bridges—HBO

Including Rachel McAdams

HBO is announcing some more cast members for True Detective season two.

The network has finally officially confirmed that Rachel McAdams (Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows) and Kelly Reilly (Black Box) have joined as female leads, along with Taylor Kitsch (Lone Survivor) in a major role.

Here are the official descriptions:

Rachel McAdams as Ani Bezzerides, a Ventura County Sheriff’s detective whose uncompromising ethics put her at odds with others and the system she serves.

Taylor Kitsch as Paul Woodrugh, a war veteran and motorcycle officer for the California Highway Patrol, running from a difficult past and the sudden glare of a scandal that never happened.

Kelly Reilly as Jordan, Frank Semyon’s wife, a former D-list actress who is a full partner in his enterprises and ambitions.

Previously confirmed cast:

Colin Farrell as Ray Velcoro, a compromised detective whose allegiances are torn between his masters in a corrupt police department and the mobster who owns him.

Vince Vaughn as Frank Semyon, a criminal and entrepreneur in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is upended by the murder of a business partner.

This article originally appeared on Entertainment Weekly

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