Via EW: No, those exclusive first look images below of Rihanna driving in the rain and stuffing a case full of cash are not from an upcoming music video. Before the Grammy-winning artist joins Sandra Bullock’s merry band of thieves in next summer’s Ocean’s 8, Rihanna will bring one of the Bates Motel’s most famous guests to life on the small screen.
After reading a November 2015 Vanity Fair interview in which the singer lauded Bates Motel, the show’s producers took a stab in the dark and asked the pop star to cameo as Marion Crane, the Psycho character portrayed by Janet Leigh in the 1960 movie. But as the role played into a larger arc for the show’s final season, they grew less confident that she’d sign on. To their absolute surprise, RiRi did.
Fans certainly have expectations for the real main event, Psycho‘s infamous shower scene, which stands as one of cinema’s most shocking deaths. Psycho’s supposed heroine — who steals her boss’ money for her boyfriend, goes on the run, and lands at the Bates Motel along the way — was surprisingly murdered at the end of the film’s first act. Will Rihanna’s version of the character meet the same fate?
However, Ehrin does note that the show plans to take a more contemporary route with Marion than the original did. “Let me just preface by saying it’s one of my favorite films,” Ehrin says. “But Marion is a woman written in the ’50s by a guy. It was very much our goal to show you what’s going on in her head to give her more complexity.” To do so, Ehrin hints that Bates’ swan-song season will depict events that were otherwise off-screen in Alfred Hitchcock’s movie. “Two different versions of the same story collide in a really explosive way,” she says. Let’s just hope Rihanna packed her shower shoes!
Bates Motel returns Monday, Feb. 20 at 10 p.m. ET on A&E. For more inside info on Rihanna’s trip to Bates Motel, pick up the next issue of Entertainment Weekly, on stands Friday.
Rihanna is the cover girl of Harper's BAZAAR 150th anniversary issue and we're totally in love with the photos -- which you can find here or at BAZAAR's website.
This article originally appeared in the March 2017 issue of Harper's BAZAAR, available on newsstands February 21:
Rihanna will show her third Fenty Puma by Rihanna collection in Paris for fall 2017. She will return to the City of Light on March 6 after last season’s well-received show at the swanky, 19th-century mansion the Hôtel Salomon de Rothschild. Her first collection for fall 2016 was shown in New York at 23 Wall Street. The date and venue for the fall 2017 show have not been disclosed, but supposedly it will involve an after party.
According to industry sources, Rihanna has been working with a different designer each season, though they’re not public collaborations. For example, Adam Selman, who worked with her on her River Island Collection in 2013 and has done much custom work for her, was backstage at her spring 2017 show. Its girly/sporty/street look was very much in line with his aesthetic. It couldn’t be learned who she’s been consulting with for the next collection.
Rihanna’s multi-format hit single “Love On The Brain” continues to climb the all-encompassing Billboard Hot 100.
Up three places, it reaches a new peak of #14 on this week’s chart.
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“Love On The Brain” concurrently rises to new peaks on the Radio Songs (#8), Digital Song Sales (#11) and Streaming Songs (#24) subcharts.
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Bates Motel is putting Rihanna to work, work, work, work, work — and EW has the exclusive first look.
During the A&E drama’s fifth and final season, the eight-time Grammy Award-winning singer will check into Bates Motel as Marion Crane, the character first made famous by Janet Leigh in Alfred Hitchcock‘s 1960 thriller Psycho. In one of the most stunning twists in cinematic history, Marion — who had stolen her boss’s money for her divorcé boyfriend and landed at Bates Motel while on the lam — was killed in the film’s first act.
But viewers will meet a very different, fleshed-out version of Marion when she arrives on Norman Bates’ (Freddie Highmore) doorstep. “We’re taking threads of that story and definitely using them so it’s recognizable, it’s just where we go with it is very different,” executive producer Kerry Ehrin tells EW. “It’s tough to be in a situation where you’re in love with a guy, and for whatever reason, he keeps stalling. You still have all this hot sex with him, and he’s saying he loves you, but he’s stalling. The internal story of that, for a woman, is a really interesting one. We never really got to see that. In Psycho, you just see the outside of that more. It was trying to do a story about a contemporary woman with some edge, with some expectations, who isn’t perfect, who isn’t always perfectly sweet, who is in that situation, but we’re rooting for her to get what she wants.”
What Marion probably doesn’t want is a newbie serial killer taking a shine to her, but that’s exactly what she’ll get during the character’s multi-episode appearance. “Norman is in an incredibly intense and interesting place that we’ve built him to when that sequence of episodes starts,” Ehrin says, noting that the new season picks up about 18 months after Norma’s (Vera Farmiga) death. “It’s this collision of Bates Motel storytelling and then Marion Crane showing up into that. He’s in a very fragile and lonely place, and Marion Crane is a charismatic woman, she’s super present when she’s with him and she’s very attractive — all those things are exactly what he needs right at this moment.” Note to Riri: Don’t take a shower!
In Summer 2018…the tide will turn. Here’s your First Look at Oceans 8.
Warner Bros. Pictures’ and Village Roadshow Pictures’ first look at “Ocean’s 8” from one of New York City’s most iconic locales: the subway. In Summer 2018, the tide will turn as (L-r) Debbie Ocean (Sandra Bullock) attempts to pull off the heist of the century at New York City’s star-studded annual Met Gala. Her first stop is to assemble the perfect crew: Lou (Cate Blanchett); Nine Ball (Rihanna); Amita (Mindy Kaling); Constance (Awkwafina); Rose (Helena Bonham Carter); Daphne Kluger (Anne Hathaway); and Tammy (Sarah Paulson). Photo by Barry Wetcher.
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