• Designers once refused to dress her at the Oscars, so Melissa McCarthy is starting her own plus-size clothing line.
• The upcoming Mortal Kombat X, which features a new insect-girl character, looks like a knockout.
• Following parental complaints, Disney will start selling Princess Leia toys (in addition to the other characters) to promote the new Star Wars movie.
• Taco Bell’s new “quesarito,” a gooey burrito-quesadilla hybrid, sounds equal parts delicious and disgusting. In other words, “Yo quiero.”
RUN THE WORLD
Nobody goes big better than Jay Z and Beyoncé, so it’s no surprise that they’re promoting a joint tour with an elaborate trailer for a faux movie. Even though the clip makes clear that Run, left, is “coming never,” the stars will surely bring Bonnie-and-Clyde-style drama to the stage when their On the Run tour kicks off June 25 in Miami.
Entrepreneur, actress, judge, singer, fashionista–at 44, Lopez almost has too many titles to count. That’s part of the reason she’s calling her 10th studio album, which drops June 17, A.K.A. “It seemed like the perfect thing,” she says. Here, Lopez talks to TIME.
One of your new songs is “First Love.” When was yours?
Your first puppy love, your first little boyfriend, that happened to me when I was like 14–but I think my first true love was when I was 16 or 17.
Is there anything you know now that you wish you had then?
You’ve got to love yourself first.
Not exactly an easy thing to learn.
It took me long enough, lemme tell you!
When did you get it?
Over the past few years. With my last album, Love?, I was questioning a lot of things. Those eight albums before that, it was “I love you” and “Oh, we’re breaking up.” Love songs, you know. Love? started questioning that, and this [album] is what I’ve learned.
So for advice, listen to this one?
I’m not sure I want to dole out advice! I’m only trying to share my experiences.
Speaking of your other albums, the first, On the 6, just turned 15.
It feels like 15 months.
What’s the craziest thing that’s happened to you since?
I mean, doing 10 albums. It doesn’t occur to you. You’re like, “Can I just get a hit song right now?”
You sing on the official World Cup song this year. Are you a soccer fan?
I have cousins who are fanatics for Real Madrid, but I don’t follow it as religiously as they do.
Will you return as an American Idol judge next season?
I’d love to go back, they’ve asked me back, and we’re trying to work everything out.
” ON MY RADAR
Jesus Calling by Sarah Young
“By my bed, I always have inspirational books.”
‘A hashtag does not change anything. It’s a hashtag.’
SHONDA RHIMES, creator of Grey’s Anatomy and Scandal, encouraging graduates at Dartmouth College–and young people in general–to practice activism that takes place beyond the computer screen
The World Cup’s breakout star isn’t a fútbol player but a possibly psychic pachyderm. Nelly, an elephant that lives in Germany, has been predicting World Cup matches by kicking a soccer ball into one of two goals marked by national flags, and her accuracy rate has topped 90% in the past. But not every critter is so clairvoyant. Here’s how five others stack up.
Michael Jackson’s white glove, seen here, is just one of the late legend’s belongings photographed by Henry Leutwyler for the book Neverland Lost. The pictures were taken shortly after Jackson’s death on June 25, 2009. On the five-year anniversary, visit lightbox.time.com for more.
Donation required to be offed by George R.R. Martin in an upcoming Song of Ice and Fire book–or at least to have a doomed character named after you. (There were male and female slots available; both were claimed.) All proceeds go to charity.
39% PUNXSUTAWNEY PHIL
Predicts the end of winter each year by spotting his shadow (or not)
47% LARRY THE DONKEY
Guessed outcomes of the 2012 London Olympics by eating from buckets marked Yes and No
70% SONNY WOOL THE SHEEP
Picked rugby winners in 2011 by choosing between two food options
86% PAUL THE OCTOPUS
Predicted World Cup matches in 2008 and 2010 by eating from boxes emblazoned with national flags
100% ELI THE APE
Called the past seven Super Bowls by knocking down a team helmet of his choice
• Chobani said, “Nature got us to 100 calories, not scientists,” a claim that was promptly debunked by … food scientists.
• Dvmping tradition svcks: Super Bowl 50 will be dropping its signature Roman numerals for the 2016 game.
• During a recent late-night appearance, Tom Cruise said he personally invented international movie premieres. Um, O.K.
• Lil’ Kim isn’t rap’s ruling Queen Bee anymore, but she named her new baby Royal Reign anyway.
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This appears in the June 23, 2014 issue of TIME.
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