Today's pop-culture roundup includes an actress who keeps getting it done, an ESPN commentator's eye-popping remarks, flying sharks, our mystery music video and much more.
NAKED (AND PREGNANT?): Of Zoe Saldana, per the Huffington Post, “Before rumors of her pregnancy surfaced this month, Zoe Saldana stripped down for the September 2014 issue of Women's Health UK. While Saldana has yet to confirm any reports, her cryptic interview with the magazine seems to hint at baby news. The "Guardians of the Galaxy" star spoke about her physical transformation: “My body is less toned. I do look in the mirror and see things I don’t want. My first reaction is I breathe and I think, ‘I’m a woman, I’m 36, my body is changing,’” Saldana said.
“. . . Hmmm. Us Weekly, E! News and The Hollywood Reporter have all reported that sources confirm Saldana is pregnant. If the rumors are true, this will be the first child for the actress and artist Marco Perego, whom she married last June in a secret ceremony.” http://huff.to/1tZL6Y8
MEANWHILE: Of a possible triple crown, per The Hollywood Reporter, “A lot of of movie stars have a franchise on their résumé. Some even have two. But there never has been an actor who has pulled off three humongous ongoing sci-fi action series all at the same time. Until -- just maybe -- now.
“Zoe Saldana, the 36-year-old star of Avatar and Star Trek, whose films have reeled in more than $5 billion total box office, is poised for the ultimate Hollywood hat trick with the Aug. 1 opening of Guardians of the Galaxy, Marvel's latest big-budget (reportedly $170 million) effort at transforming a bunch of C-list comic book characters into an Iron Man-sized phenom.” http://bit.ly/1nHR1As
AND THIS: Big numbers expected for “Guardians,” per The Wrap, “ “Guardians of the Galaxy” will roll out in 4,080 theaters on Friday, the widest release ever for a movie in August. Disney's Marvel space opera has also been given tentative approval for a China release, though no date has been set.
“ “Guardians of the Galaxy” will begin its North American screenings with early shows starting at 7 p.m. Thursday, Disney's distribution chief Dave Hollis told TheWrap on Tuesday. “Guardians” will be in roughly 3,200 3D locations, as well as 354 IMAX theaters and about the same number of Premium Large Format theaters.” http://bit.ly/1ld1cs9
STEPHEN A. SMITH: Suspended over domestic violence comments, per the Los Angeles Times, “Stephen A. Smith will be suspended from ESPN for about a week effective immediately, the cable sports giant announced Tuesday. In a statement released to the media, ESPN said, "Smith will not appear on 'First Take' or ESPN Radio for the next week. He will return to ESPN next Wed."
“The suspension comes just days after Smith made controversial on-air comments about domestic violence that led to an outcry from many quarters, including Smith's ESPN colleague Michelle Beadle, who spoke out about the comments on Twitter. During a discussion about the two-game suspension of Baltimore Ravens running back Ray Rice for beating his then-fiancee (now wife) unconcious in an elevator in February, Smith launched into a rambling speech about domestic violence that seemed to imply that women share some of the blame for violent incidents.” http://lat.ms/1qlPRZT
ZEPPLIN: Milking it, baby, per Rolling Stone, “Less than a year after reissuing their first three albums as deluxe sets, Led Zeppelin plan on putting out two more in the fall. On October 28th, the group will release deluxe editions of its 1971 album, Led Zeppelin IV, and its next record, 1973's Houses of the Holy.
“Like the previous deluxe reissues, each album will include the original LP, newly remastered by guitarist and producer Jimmy Page, alongside a second disc of previously unreleased audio culled from the band members' vaults. Additionally, each release will also be available as a single album, a single vinyl LP, a deluxe double-LP, digital download and a super deluxe box set, the latter of which features the CDs, LPs, a download card, an 80-page hardbound book with previously unseen photos and memorabilia and a high-quality print of the album cover.” http://rol.st/1rYaNJe
SHARKNADO 2!: Here’s a review, per Variety, “Around the time National Geographic produces its inevitable retrospective “The 2010s: What Was That All About?” historians should have a clearer understanding of why “Sharknado,” out of all the cheekily exploitative schlock movies programmed by Syfy, became a Twitter meme and cultural phenomenon. Fellow Syfy movies like “Sharktopus” and “Piranhaconda” must be kicking themselves.
“Inevitably, that mini-eruption spawned “Sharknado 2! The Second One,” which plops down into the summer, cheesy as ever, with an added infusion of conspicuous celebrity cameos that success has made possible. In that respect, it’s not just our fishy friends who can smell blood in the water.” http://bit.ly/1pqakh5
IGGY AZALEA: Of a cameo, per Celebuzz!, “Iggy Azalea can soon add “actress” to her already stellar resume. According to Vin Diesel, the upcoming Fast & Furious 7 picture will feature a small appearance by the “Fancy” hit maker. The beefy one accidentally let the news slip during an interview with Skyrock FM on Tuesday.” http://celeb.bz/XeMviW
THE BACHELORETTE: An update, per People, “After an emotional season that included dramatic goodbyes and even the unexpected passing of one of her 25 suitors, The Bachelorette's Andi Dorfman is giddily engaged and planning for a lifetime of happiness with her new fiancé, Josh Murray.” http://bit.ly/1zuTrGq
WHATEVER: Bieber and Bloom, per Us Weekly, “Calm down, boys! Orlando Bloom and Justin Bieber reportedly got feisty with each other at Ibiza's Cipriani nightspot in the early hours of Wednesday, July 30. The reason for their alleged altercation? Bloom's ex-wife Miranda Kerr.
“An eyewitness told Us Weekly that Bieber rattled the Pirates of the Caribbean star by mentioning his ex Kerr, 31, causing hunky Bloom, 37, to face off against the pop sensation, 20. Reports indicate that things got physical between the two.” http://usm.ag/1obaUvf
AND FINALLY: Today’s mystery music video. http://bit.ly/1uGQinX
--Skip Wood firstname.lastname@example.org