FKA Twigs Readying Sophomore Album “Mary Magdalene”

FKA Twigs is preparing for the next chapter of her musical career…

Five years since her debut album, the 31-year-old part-Spanish singer is finally mounting her full comeback, sharing album details and some of the horrors she’s faced since we last saw her.

FKA Twigs

In a cover story for UK magazine i-D, FKA Twigs goes through a selection of songs from her upcoming second album Mary Magdalene including one called “Holy Terrain” featuring rapper Future.

“I wasn’t sure whether he would even know who I am,” the singer says, explaining how the collaboration came to be. “I was like, ‘Hi, it’s Twigs. Let me know if you wanna talk about music or anything.’” When the rapper got back to her immediately she had a small fit of excitement.  “He’s such a sweetheart. I sent him the album and I called him up and was like, ‘Listen, Future… this is what my album’s about. It’s a really empowering, sensitive record, with a lot of feminine energy, and this song is probably the most fun track on it, but I still need lyrical content.’ And he said, ‘Okay, I’ve got it’. And his verse is beautiful.”

“He’s just talking about his downfalls as a man; how he’s sorry and asking for healing,” FKA Twigs adds. “I love sad Future. I love when he gets emo, when he expresses himself. It’s just so beautiful when he opens up.”

In expressing some of the hardships she has faced since releasing LP1, including breakups with actors Robert Pattinson and Shia LaBeouf, FKA Twigs reveals a particularly gruesome work experience she put herself through, shooting a Spike Jonze-directed advertisement for Apple only a week into recovering from an operation where tumors were removed from her uterus.

“I looked like death, I looked disgusting. I wasn’t supposed to be moving. And Spike’s like, ‘Okay, so we’re gonna play the song and I need you to dance around your living room to it,’” explains the singer. “I was fully going for it and literally feeling like my uterus was gonna fall out. I didn’t tell them about the surgery or that I had all these stitches in my bellybutton. It was grim. It was grim as f—.”

FKA Twigs wasn’t even meant to be walking for six weeks and here she was dancing. “When I was on set with Spike, the stitches in my bellybutton were splitting open. I told him: ‘Just so you know, if I start bleeding through this white shirt…’. I basically couldn’t lift my arms up, because all your organs stick together and you can’t stretch your stomach. I was involved in the choreography though, so I based all the movements on Audrey Hepburn as she was always moving like that – very forward and with a contracted stomach – because that’s all I could do.”

FKA Twigs still calls the commercial shoot “an amazing experience” though, and the advertisement both won favor both online and at many of the top advertisement awards.

FKA Twigs is set to release her album Mary Magdalene this fall. She will also appears in the upcoming film Honey Boy, written by LaBeouf.

Leto to Appear at This Year’s Hollywood Film Awards

Jared Leto is Hollywood bound…

The 42-year-old actor, singer-songwriter and director will make an appearance at the Hollywood Film Awards.

Jared Leto

Leto, who won an Oscar last year for his critically acclaimed performance in Dallas Buyers Club, be joined by Angelina Jolie, Johnny Depp, Steve Carell, Laura Dern, Jennifer Lopez, Mike Myers, Robert Pattinson, Eddie Redmayne, Chris Rock and Hilary Swank at the annual awards ceremony, held at the Hollywood Palladium on Friday, November 14, from 8:00 to 10:00 pm ET and broadcast on CBS. Queen Latifah will host the 17th annual gala.

Previously announced attendees include Amy Adams, Gerard Butler, Benedict Cumberbatch, Robert Downey Jr., Robert Duvall, Jonah Hill, Keira Knightley, Michael Keaton, Julianne Moore, Jack O’Connell, Chris Pratt, Kristen Stewart, Channing Tatum, Jean-Marc Vallée, Reese Witherspoon and Shailene Woodley.

A half-hour red carpet show will kick off the evening at 7:30 pm ET. Following the two-hour awards show, a one-hour aftershow with interviews and highlights from the evening, hosted by CBS This Morning‘s Charlie Rose, Norah O’Donnell and Gayle King, starts at 10:00 pm.

The Hollywood Film Awards is produced by Dick Clark Productions.

Serratos & Her Fellow Twilight Stars Attend Film’s LA Premiere…

It’s an electrifying night for the stars of The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn — Part 1, including Christian Serratos

The 21-year-old part-Mexican actress—who plays Angela Weber, Bella’s best human friend in the blockbuster vampire films—joined her co-stars for the Breaking Dawn – Part 1 premiere in Los Angeles. Serratos looked stunning in a fuschia Alexander McQueen strapless silk chiffon dress.

Christian Serratos at the Breaking Dawn LA premiere

Thousands of Twihards had been camping out in a virtual tent city since the end of last week to catch a glimpse of Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner and Mia Maestro (who sings the first Spanish song to appear on a Twilight soundtrack) and the rest of the stars as they made their way down the black carpet at L.A. Live’s Nokia Theater.

Breaking Dawn Premiere

Mia Maestro at the Breaking Dawn premiere

“I heard about tent city,” Serratos recently told Access Hollywood. “I had no idea that fans were out there already. I know they do it every movie, but for them to be out there already is very cool, very supportive.”

Prior to the film’s premiere, Serratos—who admits to having limited screen time in Breaking Dawn – Part 1—was experiencing a case of Twilight fever herself.

“I’m more excited for this movie than I have been for any of the others,” she said about this latest installment, based on her favorite book in Stephenie Meyers’ “Twilight” series.  “And I’m in it the least!”

So what’s her favorite scene in Breaking Dawn – Part 1? The same one the rest of the world can’t wait to see either: the vow exchange between Edward and Bella.

“It felt like a real wedding,” says Serratos, who studied ballet and competed in ice-skating competition while growing up in California. “It was emotional…especially because they made the wedding the very last scene we all shot together.”

Since she plays Bella’s best human friend, the question must be asked… Team Edward or Team Jacob?

“I used to play it cool and say I was neutral, but [expletive] it — I’m Team Edward!” Serratos told Access Hollywod.

Breaking Dawn – Part 1 opens nationwide this Friday, November 18.

Photos courtesy of Getty Images.

First Watch: Mars’ “It Will Rain” Video

It’s time for Bruno Mars to experience what Twilight fever’s all about…

The 25-year-old half Puerto Rican crooner’s video for the lead single from the Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 soundtrack is streaming now online.

Bruno Mars

Mars’ “It Will Rain” video isn’t necessarily a peek into the fourth installment of the international smash vampire movie franchise. Instead, with its soft-focus shots and faded lighting, it looks more like a commercial for Levi’s.

Some “Twilight Saga” footage of newlyweds Edward (Robert Pattinson) and Bella (Kristen Stewart) is featured briefly in the video, projected on a wall as Mars and his lover struggle through a break-up.

Meanwhile, the 15-track “Breaking Dawn” soundtrack, which features the first Spanish-language song on any Twilight film soundtrack, is on sale now.

Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Part 1 opens nationwide on November 18.