A Week In News: Avril Breaks Windows, 'The Hobbit' Gets A New Name, And Lupita Is Beautiful (Duh)

Lupita Nyong'o

People's "Most Beautiful": Lupita Nyong'o is beautiful? Tell us something we didn't know! The 12 Years a Slave star was honoured this week for her natural beauty and bang-on style with People magazine's "Most Beautiful" prize. Sure, the award isn't as special as say, her Academy Award but goes to show that 2014 is the year of the Lupita for sure with filmmakers, fashion houses and fans falling at her feet. Need inspiration? We've compiled a list of her top red carpet looks here. And what was that about a role in the new Jungle Book movie?

'The Hobbit' Name Change: It's a bold thing for a director to change the name of a movie but the third and final 'Hobbit' movie has received a make-over from 'There And Back Again' to 'The Battle of the Five Armies.' Find out Jackson's reasoning for the swap here. The grandiose new title brings visions of the predictably epic battle between the goblins and dwarves, elves, men, and the majestic giant eagles at the foot of the Lonely Mountain. Expect awesomeness: here are our three predictions for the new movie.

Peaches' Funeral: "#RIPPeaches" said the world on Monday as the former TV presenter and daughter of Bob Geldof was laid to rest. It's still not yet known how the 25 year-old suddenly and unexpectedly died at home on the 7th April whilst her baby son played nearby but it is hoped that imminent toxicology results will provide answers. S.C.U.M star and husband Thomas Cohen joined others in paying a special tribute to Peaches with music and memories. All the details here.

Avril Lavigne

Avril's 'Hello Kitty': "My ears! It burns!" was the collective cry issued by the world on Wednesday when pop star Avril Lavigne dropped her new single and music video, 'Hello Kitty.' Hear it here and now (if you're absolutely sure). Taken from her new eponymous album, the song is a series of squeaks and squawks from Avril before a generic dubstep drop. An ode to the kitsch and quirky side of Japanese culture, the music video has attracted accusations of racism due to the dead-eyed, identically-dressed Asian dancers and flagrant use of stereotypes. Check out Avril (and Japan's) response to the uproar.

Bryan Singer Takes Action: Bryan Singer has taken the decision to distance himself from the promotion of upcoming action movie, X-Men: Days of Future Past, as he battles the allegations of sex abuse made against him and other by one Michael Egan. Get up to date on those claims here. The director has blasted Egan's claims as "sick and twisted" and plans to counter-sue to clear his name. Singer has an alibi who says he wasn't in Hawaii when Egan claims the rape occurred, but will this hold up? Read our analysis here.

Marc Anthony Cleans Up: No, not his house as his hefty $400K bill for domestic help shows, but at the Billboard Latin Music Awards where Marc Anthony picked up a slew of trophies - 10 in total - for his latest album, 3.0. Find out which awards he won. The former hubbie of J.Lo has been credited with reviving interest in salsa music with his chart-topping new sound, which saw him placed as the jewel in the crown of an extravagant awards show. But what will this mean for the Latin Grammys?

Jay Z

Jay Z Extorted: Jay Z has become the victim of extortion after a series of the rapper's unheard recordings were held to ransom by Chauncey Mahan, a former Roc-A-Fella records employee, who decided he wanted to raise some quick and questionable cash. Threatening to auction of the tapes, Mahan wanted $100K but reportedly settled for $75K. They arranged the deal...and then the cops rocked up. Find out what happened next.

Video Of The Week - 'If I Stay' Trailer: Got those hankies at the ready? Seems like it's the year of the sad teen romance movie: following in the footsteps of June's The Fault In Our Stars, If I Stay will be released to make us cry all over again. Check out the trailer here. Mia (Chloe Grace Moretz) is a talented musician who falls in love with rocker Adam (Jamie Blackley) before she is involved in a tragic car crash. Watching her own body in a hospital bed, Mia undergoes an out-of-body experience as she decides whether to fight to return to life. Find out more about the film here.


Tags: Lupita Nyong'o - Avril Lavigne - Bryan Singer - Peter Jackson - Chloe Moretz - Peaches Geldof - Marc Anthony - Jay Z - Jamie Blackley


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