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'21 Jump Street' director Phil Lord schools Jay-Z on Cuba trip in open letter

Jay-Z and Beyonce’s recent, heavily documented trip to Cuba was heavily criticized by several conservative politicians, some of whom even threatened to open investigations into the excursion. After it was later revealed that the rapper and his pop star wife were authorized by the Treasury Department to travel to the country, Jay released a song, “Open Letter,” attacking those who questioned the trip’s legality.

But some are still up in arms over the trip, including 21 Jump Street director Phil Lord. In an open letter (natch) published by the Huffington Post, Lord writes, “As the son of a Cuban refugee, and cousin and nephew to many Cubans on the island, I cringe when Americans visit Cuba for a fun island vacation. For one thing it’s illegal (which nobody seems to care about), but more importantly, it’s either ignorant of or calloused to the struggles of Cubans on the island.” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce's 'Life Is But A Dream' on HBO: Who run the world? Beyonce.

Like any good reverie, there are plenty of different ways to interpret Life Is But A Dream, the fascinating and rudderless new HBO documentary that aired tonight about Beyoncé that just so happens to be directed by Beyoncé, starring Beyoncé, with special promotional consideration provided by Beyoncé, made possible by contributions from Viewers Like Beyoncé.

On one hand, the movie could be exactly what it says it is: a verité video-quilt stitched from snippets of the private life of America’s current First Performer. Here she is as a kid in cowboy boots running around her Texas yard; now she’s the megastar slithering onstage in a metallic leotard to accept Billboard’s Millennium Award; now she’s in sweats whispering to the camera about a miscarriage that she calls “the saddest thing I’ve ever been through.” All of this, by the way, was recorded on the fly by the swarms of cameras that apparently surround Beyoncé at all times, supplemented by TV footage and straight-up, first-person vlog entries so raw and immediate that she barely had time to slap on some eyeliner and light foundation before grabbing her laptop.
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Beyonce talks Blue Ivy in 'Vogue': 'She's my road dog. She's my homey, my best friend.'

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Beyoncé has always ruled the world, and now it’s Vogue-approved. The singer — who’s had a pretty banner 2013 so far — covers the fashion magazine’s March issue, and the full story is already online. The writer, Jason Gay, catches up with Bey after a L’Oréal commercial shoot to talk about her music, her upcoming HBO documentary Life Is But A Dream, and, of course, Blue Ivy Carter.

Many of the actual quotes from Beyoncé in the piece center on her daughter with husband Jay-Z.  Below, check out five pieces of intel about the most famous one-year-old in the world — with guest commentary by Gwyneth Paltrow. READ FULL STORY

Ryan Lochte, Alex Morgan and other athletes recreate iconic album covers -- PHOTOS

Even professional athletes secretly want to be rock stars.

ESPN The Magazine has put out a music issue — on newsstands Feb. 8 — explaining that sports and music are more intertwined than ever. As part of that coverage, the magazine got a bunch of athletes to recreate iconic album covers – everything from Alex Morgan showing she’s One of the Boys (above) to Allyson Felix posing at Beyoncé.

Over on ESPN’s website, they have behind-the-scenes pictures and videos of each athlete getting into character, which means you can check out the details behind Felix giving her fiercest face as Bey, or Ryan Lochte floating in a pool (of course) a la Nirvana. They also have athlete playlists, if you think that may finally be the thing that gets you to the gym.

Check out Lochte’s album cover below, and head over to ESPN for more. READ FULL STORY

Super Bowl drives 24 million tweets, easily surpassing last year's game

The night the lights went out in Louisiana, keyboards around the globe kept buzzing — clacking out nearly twice as many tweets about the big game and its halftime show as last year. This isn’t a huge surprise, considering that last night’s football championship may have been the most-watched in TV history; still, the sheer deficit between 2012 and 2013′s tweet totals is pretty remarkable.

According to Twitter’s own blog, users sent more than 24 million micro-messages over the course of last night’s Super Bowl. That dwarfs last year’s total of 13.7 million tweets. In fact, says Twitter, that number had already been surpassed by the beginning of the game’s second half.

Sunday’s tweet-a-palooza was driven to further heights by that 33-minute power outage, which gave spectators at home and in the Superdome no choice but to amuse themselves with the glow of their smartphones. The blackout drew 231,500 tweets per minute, making it by far the most-tweeted moments of the game. Savvy marketing teams also took it as an opportunity to promote their own products in a cheeky way:

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Beyonce joined by Destiny's Child at Super Bowl halftime show -- VIDEO

Beyonce lit up the stage at Super Bowl XLVII — with fireworks, sexy dancers, barely there outfits and even a hologram of herself.

Her set began with “Love On Top” from her lastest album 4. She followed with “Crazy in Love,” “End of Time,” and “Baby Boy” before being joined on stage by Michelle Williams and Kelly Rowland. The reunited Destiny’s Child trio sang “Bootylicious,” “Independent Women,” and “Single Ladies,” before leaving Queen B to reign supreme again. Beyonce then finished her show with “Halo.” Watch it below. READ FULL STORY

Beyonce is a sexy referee in new Super Bowl pic -- PHOTO

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Countdown to touchdown update: Beyoncé has uploaded the above photo to her Tumblr, and the pic shows she is all ready for the big game.

Well, maybe. The hottest woman of the century is rocking a no-longer-just-for-Halloween sexy referee uniform, complete with thigh-high leather stiletto boots. Which means Bey probably isn’t going to be subbing in for one of the Ravens. There’s been no official word about what the singer’s Super Bowl performance will entail (fingers crossed for a Jay-Z appearance!), although rumors are flying Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams will be joining her onstage for a “Bootylicious” Destiny’s Child reunion.

What songs are you hoping Beyoncé performs on Sunday?

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Beyonce-gate 2013: Sen. Schumer still has not received apology
Beyonce Super Bowl set list reportedly leaks. What do you want to hear at halftime?
Lip-sync-gate continues: Inaugural official says Beyonce didn’t sing anthem live

Beyonce-gate 2013: Sen. Schumer still has not received apology

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Image courtesy of Beyonce’s instagram: @baddiebey

We’re now a week out from Beyoncé-gate, but more victims are still coming forward.

Today’s individual? New York Senator Chuck Schumer, who was seen grinning and applauding behind Bey during her inauguration performance. Schumer is credited as the person who actually got Beyoncé and Jay-Z to show up at the inauguration, which he was in charge of planning.

Sen. Schumer told the New York Post this morning that the singer still hasn’t apologized to him personally. “I have not heard from her before, during or after,” Schumer said after he was asked if Beyoncé had called him to give a musical mea culpa. “She did not talk to me at all. I didn’t say any words to her, period.” READ FULL STORY

Beyonce Super Bowl set list reportedly leaks. What do you want to hear at halftime?

With the inauguration and Beyoncé-gate behind us, (Right? We’ve all moved on?) Countdown to Touchdown can officially commence – and that means plenty of speculation about what Queen Bey will be performing for her big Super Bowl show.

Us Weekly published a leaked set list, which says Bey will open the show with “Crazy In Love,” then midway through, be joined by Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams for a Destiny’s Child mini-set that will include “Bills, Bills, Bills” and “Survivor,” as well as new song/kind of snoozefest “Nuclear.” Those ladies will then disappear and Beyoncé will continue being Beyoncé for a few more minutes. A rep for Beyoncé did not return EW’s request for comment. READ FULL STORY

Lip-sync-gate continues: Inaugural official says Beyonce didn't sing anthem live

Well, that settles it (maybe, possibly, probably not): According to CNN, an unnamed inaugural official has confirmed that Beyoncé lip-synched while performing the “Star-Spangled Banner” on Monday.

“Because she didn’t have time to rehearse with the Marine Band, she decided to use her recording with the Marine Band,” the official said, noting that the singer didn’t arrive in Washington D.C. until late Sunday night. The official doesn’t know why Beyoncé elected not to sing live — by all accounts, “she was spot on” in her pre-recording session, and “she’s actually a very good live singer.” There’s apparently no word on why Bey ripped out her earpiece mid-song, either.

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