In case you were wondering how they were going to shoot Bella and Edward’s rapidly aging off-spring, news comes today that Avatar special effects guru Joe Bruno will use CGI to age Breaking Dawn’s Renesmee. According to Mackenzie Foy’s official website, Bruno was “recruited to work on the aging process in Breaking Dawn to rapidly age Renesmee’s, Mackenzie’s character’s, growth.” Yeah, but who are they going to hire to make Taylor Lautner’s Jacob imprinting on her seem less creepy?
Set to be released on November 18, 2011, filming of Breaking Dawn is well underway. After shooting for a month in Baton Rouge, Kristen and Rob are packing up for the move to Canada, where the Swan House is currently being constructed in Vancouver. Once they have the footage, the visual effects supervisor of Steven Spielberg’s big blue masterpiece will have to figure out how depict Nessie’s transformation from infant to kindergartener in a matter of months, knowing that the character is full grown by the age of 7. Probably makes alien humanoids seem like a snap in comparison, right?
Since it’s already the season of celebrities popping out babies, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that it’s also the season of celebrity baby drama. According to TMZ, apparently Halle Berry‘s ex Gabriel Aubry filed a paternity petition on December 30 of last year for joint physical and legal custody and support. The petition will allow a judge to officially name Aubry as Nahla’s father, a step that could potentially suggest a custody battle is in his future. We hope it doesn’t come to that, though we completely understand wanting to be with a kid that cute 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
While rumors of Aubry and Berry’s custody troubles reared their ugly heads last May, according to TMZ’s source the couple have so far managed to work out their differences. That original dispute allegedly stemmed from both parents’ chaotic schedules, something that isn’t likely to calm down if Berry is cast as Aretha Franklin, a possibility which has Halle saying, “I would absolutely entertain the idea, it would be an honor for anyone to play her.” Another source claims that currently Halle and Gabriel are a “2” out of 10, 10 being Mel Gibson vs. Oksana Grigorieva (or so we assume). Here’s hoping they never get above a 3 over that adorable little peanut.
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Our collective efforts to let Kanye West be great continue to fail, you guys. If Twitter is any indication, Kanye West is on the defensive after his Britney Spears joke. Cracked West on Friday, “Yo Britney, I’m really happy for you and I’mma let you be #1, but me and Jay-Z single is one of the best songs of all time!” After Britney’s manager Adam Leber called the rapper out as condescending, Kanye scrambled to explain. “When I said the comment about Brittney I was giving her props for being #1 not dissing her at all!,” West claimed. “As pop stars we’re all in this shit together! We on the inside of the TV!” If Kanye actually thinks he’s inside of a TV, that explains the last two or three years of his career.
Maybe it’s time for West to branch out into a new media, perhaps one that isn’t tweet-based? According to Media Takeout, Kanye has signed on to play a gay jazz player in a period film set in 1939. “Kanye has signed on to do some acting, in a flick about a GAY jazz band in 1939. He plays a GAY band member, and there is EXPLICIT gay sex in this movie,” says their anonymous source. “The script won 9 awards, so i think itÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s good. The Oscars Academy has this thing called the nicholl, a competition for screenplays, and the script for the movie won there twice, so I guess that means it will be one of those oscar films. It isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t the typical hood movie rappers do.” Hmm, there sure are a lot of random capitalization in that leakÃ¢â‚¬Â¦maybe enough to make it legit? We would definitely see this film, though someone might have to cut Kanye’s lines down to 140 characters at a time.
Listen, we all love a diva, and Christina Aguilera is nothing if not 20 lbs of diva stuffed in a 10 lb bag. But if Naomi Campbell has taught us anything, sometimes fierce can go to far. According to E!, Christina Aguilera attacked Julianne Hough at a Golden Globes pre-party. Says an an eye-witness, “Christina really got in her face.” even grabbing Julianne’s arm to the point that Hough warned her Burlesque co-star, “Don’t touch me!” Julianne was “visibly upset” afterward, according to another insider. “The whole thing was troubling. People felt bad for Julianne.” It takes a lot of cajones to start a public fight before an awards ceremony. Argh, if only Ricky Gervais could have been told in time!
Christina’s agent has already dismissed the reports as “nonsense.” We hope they are, because before the ladies parted ways, reportedly Aguilera threatened to ruin Hough’s country music career. You know, if Burlesque had been this tawdry and exciting, maybe someone other than us would have seen it. Not that we approve of in-fighting! We’re just saying.
Are Jesse James and Kat Von D engaged? The two were spotted this weekend at the Art of Elysium charity benefit in Los Angeles, and Von D seemed to be taking pains to show off her ring-finger bling. Normally we’d expect a couple like this to get a simple tattooed wedding band, but since Kat’s fingers are already covered in spiders and pentagrams, this might be the next best thing.
James and Von D have been getting hot and heavy in real life, but over Twitter they’re approaching Shakesperean sonnet levels of gushiness. “Baby? You make it so easy to do everything I can to show you how Amazing you are. I see it as clear as a bell. My other half,” tweeted Jesse yesterday. No confirmation on whether the two ink-covered lovebird have made it official, but we’re sure they’ll tweet it as soon as they want us to know. As grody as we might find Jesse James, at least, AT LEAST, he is not with his ex Michelle “Bombshell” McGee, who was caught licking a picture of Sandra Bullock. As if that wasn’t gross enough, someone let McGee into the Universal Golden Globes Studios afterparty! Have these people no decency? Here’s hoping Bullock is still in bed nursing that awards show hangover, just so she can missed seeing all this walking graffiti in the news.
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As if this weekend wasn’t busy enough for every A-lister in America, apparently Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban had new baby Faith Margaret on their hands as well. If any of you are thinking to yourself, hmmm, Nicole sure didn’t look like she was in her third trimester at the Critics’ Choice Music Awards, well, you’d be right! The couple used a surrogate to carry their little bundle of joy, who was born in Nashville on December 28.
Kidman and Urban released a statement to TMZ today, gushing “”Our family is truly blessed, and just so thankful, to have been given the gift of baby Faith Margaret. No words can adequately convey the incredible gratitude that we feel for everyone who was so supportive throughout this process, in particular our gestational carrier.” Congratulations to the happy parents and big sis Sunday Rose, and hats off to the surrogate for doing all the heavy pushing!
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We love us some party people over here at TheFABlife, but occasionally we get too much of a good thing, like seeing Boardwalk Empire’s Paz de la Huerta drunkenly flash the paparazzi after failing to get into a Golden Globes afterparty. TMZ has a video of a clearly intoxicated de la Huerta being turned away Chateau Marmont before nearly doing a face plant on the curb. De la Huerta’s sober assistant hustles the staggering actress away, but not before he fails to tell the actress that her dress had fallen down in the frontÃ¢â‚¬Â¦and a big hole had been ripped in the back. Paz’s Boardwalk character might strip down for Steve Buscemi at the drop of the hat, but drunkenly spilling out of your dress within 500 yards of the Hollywood Foreign Press? Not our idea of a good time.
This isn’t the first time Paz has caused a bit of a scene. From posing nude to discussing her sex life in public, Paz definitely seems like a free spirit. Let’s hope that if she continues to be this free, she’ll hire somebody who knows enough to yank her gown back up after she takes a nose dive.
We hope someone cut the power to Taylor Swift’s apartment last night, or else she undoubtedly spent her whole day off writing an angry symphony about how Jake Gyllenhaal took ex Jenny Lewis to the Golden Globes. Frontwoman of indie bands Rilo Kiley and Jenny & Johnny, stunning ginger Lewis dated Gyllenhaal back 2001, after which Jake moved onto Kirsten Dunst. However, before Taylor Swift commissions any artwork for her new album, “Jake Gyllenhaal: Love Demon,” we should probably let her know that all signs point to the fact that Gyllenhaal and Lewis are just friends. Jake even took then-lovah Reese Witherspoon to see Jenny perform in 2009, and has hung out with Jenny’s boyfriend Jonathan Rice. We’d want to keep Jake as a friend if we could too, if only to point to his gorgeous face and say, “See? I kissed that.”
Though if we’re going to be honest with ourselves, maybe we’re too quick to imagine Taylor getting too hung up on rhyming Jake with anything other thank “mistake” (it’s a little obvious). Ã¢â‚¬Å“Taylor isnÃ¢â‚¬â„¢t one to sit there and just feel sorry for herself. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s not crying in a corner over Jake. SheÃ¢â‚¬â„¢s already talking to her old crushes and stuff. Taylor always has a guy or two in mind,” a source told Hollywood Life about Swift’s current dating situation. Of course she does! You can never keep our Taylor down. Besides, you can’t have an album with one song, sillies.
There was plenty of thanksgiving tonight when Natalie Portman win Best Actress at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, but a lot of it had more to do with Natalie’s ballooning waistline than with her amazing performance in Black Swan. Portman won the award over a group of stellar performers, including The Kids Are Alright’s Annette Benning, Rabbit Hole’s Nicole Kidman, Blue Valentine’s Michelle Williams, The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo’s Noomi Rapace, and Winter’s Bone Jennifer Lawrence. The glowing Portman thanked her fellow nominees, but saved a special acknowledgment for Black Swan director Darren Aronofsky. “I met you 10 years ago in a HoJo in Times Square. You were classy then, you’re keeping it classy now,” Portman teased.
Elegant or not, the actress praised her boss for helping her move up unto a new pant size. “I keep telling Darren, you made me very skinny and now you’re indirectly responsible for making me fat, since you introduced me to my love Benjamin Millepied,” Natalie joked. Luckily Darren’s not directly responsible, or Portman would have a lot of awkward explaining on her hands.
What happened to your sweet girl? She’s gone…and has been replaced by one Mr. Rip Taylor! As much as we loved their crotch-jabbing version of Inception and armpit-licking take on The Social Network, the Jackass riff on Black Swan didn’t just make Mila Kunis and Natalie Portman bust up laughing. If you’ve ever longed to see Johnny Knoxville caress Ryan Dunn as he psychologically pushes him toward the brink of artistic perfection, then, against all logically odds, you’re about to get what you most desire. Can Rip play the Nina role in the inevitable sequel? Can Rip play all of the roles in the inevitable sequel?