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The rapper's producer, No I.D., whose real name is Dion Wilson, revealed that the 35-year-old singer was involved in the making of her hubby's latest LP.
In an interview with New York Times, posted on Saturday, No I.D. shares that Bey listened to every song and helped them "get over hurdles."
"I always call Bey our de facto A&R," said the producer. "Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes. She came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course she’s genius-level with that."
When asked if Bey's Lemonade was ever mentioned in the studio, I.D. said »
When Jay-z's 4:44 album dropped on Friday, all people could talk about was his apparent admission to cheating on Beyoncé. Now, thanks to a recent New York Times interview with No I.D., the man who produced the entire album, we know that Beyoncé approved every song before the rest of the world heard it. "I always call [Beyoncé] our de facto A&R," No I.D. told the publication when asked about the "Formation" singer's involvement on the album. "Pillow talk is the strongest conversation on the planet. Every song has to get past her ears, in my eyes." The 46-year-old producer also revealed, "[Beyoncé] came by a lot and played a good part in helping us get over hurdles on certain records. Of course she's genius-level with that." So whose idea was it to get a confession out of Jay-z on the album's title track? Well, No I.D. »
- Terry Carter
After winning three Academy Awards and establishing himself as one of the world's greatest living actors, Daniel Day-Lewis issued a statement last week announcing that he was retiring from acting, and that the film he recently completed, director Paul Thomas Anderson's Phantom Thread, would be his last film performance.
The decision came as a shock to fans of the 60-year-old actor and father of three, many of whom feel like he has a lot more to offer in the way of brilliant performances. However, he's far from the first star to retire before his or her time. Here's a look at just a few major stars, throughout the history of Hollywood, who have walked away from their careers in search of something different.
Watch: Daniel Day-Lewis Announces Retirement From Acting, Final Film 'Phantom Thread' to Premiere This Christmas
1. Sean Connery
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After a long career playing everything from James Bond to romantic leads, Connery »
Starz’s “American Gods” was eagerly anticipated among fantasy and sci-fi fans — not just because of the Neil Gaiman novel on which it’s based, but also because it comes from creators and showrunners Bryan Fuller and Michael Green. Of their East L.A. offices, Fuller’s is notable for its ’60s retro furniture and decor and Green’s for the gruesome-looking prop that he hurls scissors at all day.
“Doctor Who” super-fans refer to themselves as Whovians. Fuller’s NBC drama “Hannibal” had its Fannibals. And Fuller has a pillow to commemorate them by — sent to him by fans, featuring Hugh Dancy’s Will Graham and Mads Mikkelsen’s Dr. Hannibal Lecter. “The Hannigram pillow really is just an acknowledgement of the significance of the Fannibals who sent it to me and the connection between the storyteller and the audience,” he says. “As a Fannibal myself, I find a lot of support in that community »
- Daniel Holloway
'The Pink Panther' with Peter Sellers: Blake Edwards' 1963 comedy hit and its many sequels revolve around one of the most iconic film characters of the 20th century: clueless, thick-accented Inspector Clouseau – in some quarters surely deemed politically incorrect, or 'insensitive,' despite the lack of brown face make-up à la Sellers' clueless Indian guest in Edwards' 'The Party.' 'The Pink Panther' movies  There were a total of eight big-screen Pink Panther movies co-written and directed by Blake Edwards, most of them starring Peter Sellers – even after his death in 1980. Edwards was also one of the producers of every (direct) Pink Panther sequel, from A Shot in the Dark to Curse of the Pink Panther. Despite its iconic lead character, the last three movies in the Pink Panther franchise were box office bombs. Two of these, The Trail of the Pink Panther and Curse of the Pink Panther, were co-written by Edwards' son, »
An Australian car mechanic turned male model, George Lazenby had the hardest job of any James Bond actor: He had to follow Sean Connery. Lazenby made just one 007 movie, 1969’s “On Her Majesty’s Secret Service,” and then walked away from the role that would have made him one of the world’s biggest stars. Why did he quit? Or was he fired? And just who was the mysterious man behind the mole? Intimate, irreverent and at times laugh-out-loud funny, Josh Greenbaum’s made-for-Hulu documentary “Becoming Bond” answers all these questions and more in the space of 92 mind-blowing minutes.
Part of the James Bond allure has always been the character’s status as a connoisseur, and to this day, some fans consider Lazenby to be the best Bond — an opinion that is empirically untrue for myriad reasons (not least of which is the fact that his dialogue had to be »
- Peter Debruge
Directioners may have inwardly squealed with delight when Niall Horan told the British newspaper the Sun that the group would likely get back together in the future to record again.
But in the meantime, Horan, Harry Styles and Zayn Malik are all achieving great success with their solo material. (Louis Tomlinson, who is busy a dad to son Freddie, and Liam Payne, who recently welcomed a son named “Bear” with singer Cheryl Cole, are also reportedly working on more solo material.)
So who has had the most success so far outside the group?
Zayn! His hit song “Pillow Talk,” released »
- Gillian Telling
2 April 2017 8:31 PM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
But Day turns 95 on Monday — which is a birthday surprise to even the star herself, who has long pegged her age to a 1924 birthdate that would make her 93. Media outlets have variously reported her as between 93 and 95.
A copy of Day's birth certificate, obtained by The Associated Press from Ohio's Office of Vital Statistics, settles the issue: Doris Mary Kappelhoff, her pre-fame name, was born on April 3, 1922, making her 95. Her parents were »
- the Associated Press
Taylor Swift may be a big pop star, but she still gets excited when she hears her song on the radio for the first time. On Wednesday, the singer posted a video of her jamming out to her Fifty Shades Darker duet with Zayn Malik, "I Don't Wanna Live Forever," alongside his girlfriend and her pal, Gigi Hadid. Not only did the girls get really into it with hand signals and nailing every word, but Taylor even threw in her classic head bang when the beat hit. And the "Bad Blood" singer isn't the only one to star in one of Zayn's music videos. Gigi also made a special appearance in "Pillow Talk" around the time the two first started dating. Related:The Seriously Shocking Link Between Taylor Swift's Boyfriends and BFFs »
- Kelsie Gibson
Louis Tomlinson is opening up about his mother's death after she passed away from leukemia in December. During an interview on the SiriusXM satellite radio show, Hits 1 in Hollywood, on Tuesday, the One Direction singer talked about the advice his mom gave him after her initial diagnosis. "It's not something that I feel 100 percent comfortable talking too much about," he admitted. "But just quickly, when I first found out the news I kind of did want to throw the towel in, but it was my mum who said to me that I've just got to keep going. She told me very sternly that she wanted me to." Just days after his mother's death, Louis courageously returned to the X Factor UK stage to debut his first solo single, "Just Hold On." "It was tough, but I felt like it was nice for me to almost have a little send-off for her, »
- Kelsie Gibson
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