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Which Lucky Lady Will Land On The Cover Of The 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue?

UPDATE (6:25pm): Sorry Dave Letterman, but the cover’s been spoiled. If you want to know who landed it, we’ve got the winner after the jump.


While the 2011 Oscars won’t be held for another few weeks, tomorrow is the day that’s known in supermodel circles as the “Bikini Oscars.” Yes, that’s right, the 2011 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue hits newsstands tomorrow, marking a day that is loathed by shrewish librarians, dreaded by cashiers at drugstores nationwide, and revered by horny dudes the world over.

Sure, the widespread prevalence of internet porn has stolen some of the luster away from what used to be regarded as the Fourth of July for masturbators, but that doesn’t mean that Sports Illustrated has lost its power to turn famous, barely clothed supermodels into slightly MORE famous, barely clothed supermodels. Take, for instance, Brooklyn Decker, who went from being a really hot bikini model in print magazines to being a really hot bikini model in major motion pictures after she landed the cover last year! If that isn’t proof positive that landing the cover of of the Swimsuit Issue can change a gorgeous young woman’s life, I don’t know what is.

So, with that said, who will be this year’s Brooklyn Decker? Take a highly unscientific, wildly biased and possibly offensive look at the seventeen candidates for the crown in our FABLife gallery below. Will it be the woman who escorted Lady Gaga to the Grammys in an egg yesterday, Anne V? Could former Victoria’s Secret model Izabel Goulart end up being the face that launched a thousand boners? Or will Brooklyn Decker be a repeat winner, putting her well on her way towards being this generation’s Elle MacPherson? WE! DON’T! KNOW!

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Glee Star Kevin McHale Sings Along To Nicki Minaj, Hopes He And Rihanna “Can Put A Leash On It”

You know the old saying, “If you like it, then you should put a ring on it”? Well, hate to inform you but that’s so last decade, y’all. When VH1′s own Janell Snowden caught up with Glee stars Kevin McHale and Matthew Morrison on the red carpet of the Grammys last night, we got the firsthand scoop that something a little more kinky has emerged on the scene in 2011.

In case you missed his outfit last night, McHale — who you’ll know as the wheelchair-bound Artie Abrams on America’s hottest TV show — was wearing a holster-ish accessory over his shoulders. “It’s a little S&M meets James Bond,” he explained to Janell. “I’m promoting Rihanna’s new single ["S&M"]. I just need to see her and tell her we can put a leash on it.” Hi-yo!

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They’re On The Wrong Track, Baby, They Were Dressed This Way: Top 10 Grammy Awards WTF Fashion Moments

This year’s Grammy Awards were very good to Lady Antebellum and Arcade Fire (winners of Song/Record of the Year and Album Of The Year, respectively). They were not, however, quite as good to the ten people that you’ll see below. Whereas the likes of Rihanna and Jennifer Lopez scored high in our gallery of the Top 15 Sexiest Grammy Awards outfits, we had some reservations about some of the fashion choices made by Lady Gaga, Kate Hudson, Cee Lo Green, Lenny Kravitz and more this evening. Sure, some of these outfits weren’t meant to be taken seriously (hi Cee Lo!), but they still had us scratching our heads and asking ourselves, “WTF?!?”

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Lady Gaga Arrives At Grammy Awards In An Egg (Of Course She Does!)

Lady Gaga Egg Grammys

Did you miss Lady Gaga? Ha ha, that was a trick question! Get it? Because she never went away. That said, it remains clear that we’re in the early stages of what will surely be a new and possibly more intense phase of Gagamania.

It was just two days ago that Lady Gaga dropped “Born This Way,” the first single and title track off her new LP; not surprisingly, the song shot straight to the top of the iTunes Singles Chart. Tonight, she arrived at the Staples Center in Los Angeles for tonight’s 53rd Annual Grammy Awards in the most unusual fashion. Yes, that’s right, Lady Gaga showed up for the Grammys in an egg.

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New York Jets Star Mark Sanchez In Hot Water After Alleged “Hook Up” With 17 Year-Old High School Student

Yesterday afternoon, the dirt digging sports blog Deadspin published a story called “The Somewhat Romantic Story Of Mark Sanchez And A 17-Year-Old Girl,” a not-so-heartfelt tale of a recent romantic dalliance between the handsome New York Jets quarterback and a Connecticut high school student. While Deadspin only referred to the girl as E.K., this morning the New York Post outed the student as Eliza Kruger, a “sexy rich girl” (their words, not ours) whose father is, in the words of Business Insider, “super-rich hedge funder” Chip Kruger.

According to Deadspin, Eliza Kruger first met the 24 year-old Mark Sanchez on New Year’s Eve at the Manhattan nightclub Lavo. The two exchanged digits and the textual flirting went from there. Eventually, Sanchez and Kruger went on a date at the famed sushi joint Nobu, after which the pair returned to Sanchez’s New Jersey home and “hooked up.” After the deed, she snapped some pictures of Sanchez’s bedroom, which Deadspin published.

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And Your 2012 Oscar For Best Actress Goes To … Meryl Streep As Margaret Thatcher!

Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher

Yeah yeah yeah, we know that the 2011 Oscars haven’t even happened yet, and here we are talking about next year’s show. But now that we’ve seen the first image of Meryl Streep as former British prime minister Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, we can’t help but thinking that next year’s race is going to be all about Streep.

Did you know that it’s been almost 30 years since Streep last won an Oscar? It’s true! She has been nominated for either Best or Best Supporting Actress twelve times since she won the 1983 Oscar for Best Actress for her work in Sophie’s Choice, but she has yet to pick up another Little Gold Man. Here are three reasons why we feel like next year will be her year:

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SNL Power Rankings: Dana Carvey’s Episode Is Party Time, Excellent

When I first heard that Dana Carvey was going to be hosting an episode of Saturday Night Live — in the year 2011 (!!!), no less! — I immediately began concocting a list of excuses that could get me out of watching the episode. After all, in the 17 years or so since Carvey left the hallowed halls of Studio 8H, he had seemingly morphed from one of the greatest sketch performers of all-time to battling Robin Williams for the title of World’s Most Annoying Talk Show Guest™. Sadly for me, the best excuse I could come up with was “The dog ate my iPad,” an excuse I realized wouldn’t really hold water due to the fact that I don’t actually own an iPad. So somewhat begrudgingly, I flipped on the telly on Sunday morning and fired up my DVR.

As I sat down on my couch, fired up the coffee machine and popped a couple of Advil, who did I see on my screen? Why, that’s Wayne Campbell and Garth Algar, quite possibly the most iconic duo in Saturday Night Live history! Even better, the two were instantly in sync and appeared as if they hadn’t missed a beat since the last time they appeared on the show way back on November 20, 1993. Much to his credit, Carvey was able to keep that momentum and spirit cruising through the entire 90 minute show, revisiting both old characters (Regis, The Church Lady, Mickey Rooney) AND launching some highly likable new ones (specifically, one half of the eighties-tastic musical duo, The Fingerlings). Call me a sucker for nostalgia if you must, but this episode was one of my favorites in a long, long time.

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What’s Grosser Than Gross? Cameron Diaz Feeding A-Rod Popcorn

As the clock turns 4 p.m. this afternoon here on the East Coast, our guacamole-and-Bud-Light-induced hangover is finally receding from the beachhead it established in our frontal cortex early this morning, which means we’re just now starting to be able to look back at Super Bowl XLV and parse out exactly what happened. Yes, Christina Aguilera flubbed the lyrics to the national anthem somethin’ fierce, Groupon decimated all of the goodwill they had built up thanks to one a tone deaf ad and the Black Eyed Peas turned in a lamentable halftime performance but, thankfully, those aren’t the kinds of moments that will haunt us in our sleep for all eternity. However, the same cannot be said for the ghastly three seconds of footage that Fox aired yesterday of Cameron Diaz feeding Alex Rodriguez popcorn.

If you have a strong enough stomach, follow along for our frame-by-frame breakdown of what was going through A-Rod’s head during the most traumatic thing to happen to the popcorn industry since the death of Orville Redenbacher.

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In Praise Of Community’s Señor Chang

Senor Ben Chang Community

Community is the best show on television. There’s little use arguing otherwise. In fact, I feel safe in going on the record that it will retain that title until some evil genius producer develops Snooki Presents: The Real Animal Hoarding Kardashian Housewives Of The Playboy Mansion and sells it to VH1. But back to Community

The first season of the show was, by all accounts, staggeringly good, but Dan Harmon and company have put the creative pedal to the metal in this, the show’s second year. With every episode, the team challenges themselves to raise the conceptual bar and totally eviscerate the traditional notion of what a sit-com “should” be; the rate with which they succeed at surpassing these incredibly lofty goals is, frankly, unparalleled.

In addition to having an enormously talented writing staff, the show draws much of its strength from its ensemble cast. Rather than having to worry about placating one or two “stars” while everyone else orbits around aimlessly, the show is blessed with a cast that genuinely seems to be in sync with one another. Depending on the episode, the core cast — Jeff, Britta, Abed, Shirley, Troy and Annie — each takes their turn in the spotlight. However, if I were to point to one character whose game has been significantly stepped up since Season One in a way that changes the show’s entire landscape for the better, that character would have to be Señor Ben Chang.

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Alex Pettyfer And Dianna Agron Get Engaged (Or Do They?): True Love Or Greatest PR Stunt In Recent Memory?

Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron Engaged

UPDATE (11:38pm): Full update on Alex Pettyfer and Dianna Agron’s secret engagement here. Also worth noting: Gossip Cop is calling BS on these reports, as is Just Jared.

Who knows, it could be both! What we do know is this: US Magazine and People are both reporting tonight that I Am Number Four co-stars Alex Pettyfer, 20, and Dianna Agron, 24, are engaged to be married. Perhaps coincidentally, we also know that there are fifteen precious days before their Sexy Aliens Are The New Sexy Vampires™ film opens on February 18.

While only time will tell if the young couple — who met just under a year ago on the set of I Am Number Four — will live happily ever after, we can safely assure you that you’re going to be reading both of their names a lot over the next few weeks. Agron’s hit television show, Glee, is expected to be watched by tens of millions of people on Sunday night thanks to some prime Super Bowl promotion (and this is her second big tabloid story in less than six months). Pettyfer’s star is equally hot; in addition to this film, he’s also starring in Beastly, a modern day retelling of Beauty and the Beast.
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