Emma Watson lands lead role in political thriller, 'Colonia'

Plus, Lena Dunham insists she's paying acts on her book tour, Michelle Phan starts her own record label and Adam Levine stalks Behati Prinsloo in 'Animals' music video

By Andrea Tim | Published: 1 Oct 2014

Emma in 'Colonia'
Photo: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images

Emma Watson to star in Colonia, opposite Daniel Bruhl
How timely it is that Emma Watson should be cast in political thriller, Colonia, after launching herself into the world of social justice via her role as UN Goodwill Ambassador. While you'd argue that #HeForShe isn't strictly political, the Harry Potter alum is is definitely taking a serious turn in her career.

Principal photography on Colonia has reportedly begun, with The Fifth Estate star, Daniel Bruhl and Emma playing a young German couple, Lena and Daniel. According to Variety, the story is set during the 1973 Chilean military coup, during which Daniel is abducted by a dictatorial army chief's cronies. Lena tracks him to the secluded Colonia Dignidad, a so-called charitable mission, which turns out to be a detention centre that tortures its prisoners.

Told you it's serious.

Lena Dunham has something to say to people who accused her of not paying her tour performers
Nothing good can come from accusing Lena Dunham for something that doesn't reflect the way she rolls. The Girls star – who is about to launch a book tour for her title, Not That Kind of Girl – had been criticised for not paying the performers who will be playing on tour with her.

"This feature of the tour was meant to be a way to showcase local talent and I could not be more excited about it," she expressed on Twitter, in between posting these...

So, from the mouth of the feminist herself, it's all good. She even took a hit at a Gawker article for "doing the math" on how much she was making against how much the performers were assumed to not being paid.

The lesson to be learned here is that Lena is just not that kind of girl who doesn't pay people for contributing.

Michelle Phan is getting her own music label
Beauty guru Michelle Phan had been facing problems regarding infringement of music on her YouTube videos, so the Boston native has a simple solution for it: launch her own music label, Music Shift.

Working with Cutting Edge Group, Music Shift will provide exposure for aspiring artists on digital media, which means that Michelle will be able to continue posting videos with cool background music from artists that she signs. With both hands in the beauty industry, it's amazing that the 27-year-old has time to delve into the music industry, but hey, don't underestimate the multi-tasking abilities of YouTube.

Adam Levine and Behati Prinsloo get bloody in 'Animals' music video
Now we truly understand what Adam Levine's gory Instagram post was all about. In the music video for Animals from Maroon 5's latest album, V, the frontman plays a butcher who stalks a beautiful customer (played by Adam's wife, Victoria's Secret model Behati Prinsloo). It's all dark photo room with creepy close-ups of Behati and him following her around in broad daylight with the occasional awkward dodge into the shadows... until it gets pretty damn animalistic.

Between throwing tantrums in a butcher's freezer containing lots and lots of meat, and getting ignored by Behati at a night club, Adam fantasises about them together with more blood than you'd ever like to see being poured on anyone. Hemophobics, you've been warned.


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