Posts By Liz Black

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EXCLUSIVE: Kristin Chenoweth, Critics’ Choice Have Us In A Death Grip

When you think of Star Trek‘s Mr. Spock, you think cold and unemotional. When you think of actors that fit that description, maybe Kristin Chenoweth isn’t your first choice, but man, does that woman have range. Chenoweth, who is hosting the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards this Friday at 9PM EST on VH1 is no longer just America’s Sweetheart, she’s Vulcan’s Sweetheart too, judging from this clip, which will be aired as part of the show.

Chenoweth gave a lengthy and hilarious interview to Best Week Ever earlier this week (although we think you should click the link just to see her dolled up like 2009′s most hilarious orphan), and we can’t wait to see what happens when her act goes live. Speaking of live, we’ll be live-blogging the whole affair so don’t forget to check us out. Sign up for a reminder below.

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Celebs Love Second-Hand Junk

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We always  thought  that our habit of scavenging cool stuff from the sidewalks or off Craigslist was just because we like the  thrill of the hunt and because we’re desperately cheap. Turns out we’re  actually doing it because it’s cool and everyone in Hollywood is doing it too.

First there was Angelina Jolie, who showed up to the premiere of A Might Heart wearing a $26 vintage dress. That was forever ago, but more recently Demi Moore was spotted at the Pasadena Flea Market combing the aisles looking for a special something – at the end of the day, she went home with a vintage stuffed monkey toy. Ok, so maybe there’s a difference between shopping “vintage” and shopped “used”, but celebs are doing that, too! In the new issue of Self magazine, Jessica Alba admits that most of her home furnishings are used. Says the actress “I’ve bought 70 percent of my house off CraigsList! I’ve found so many things: couches, tables, lamps. I love the idea of recycling furniture and there being a history there.” We love that she’s as thrifty (and green) as we are! Maybe now we can forgive her for the Fantastic Four. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Jon Hamm: More Grizzly Adams Than Don Draper

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Jon Hamm is to 2010 as Tom Selleck was to 1985: a total Manly Man. You know the type, the TV star with a chest so broad you could paint a mural on it, the kind of guy who gets a 5 o’clock shadow at noon. So when we saw this shot of Hamm at a screening for the film Before I Forget, his new beard made him look all the more manly to us in a back-to-nature kind of way we dig. It’s nice to see him lose the Brill Cream and wing tips and look like he’s gearing up for a cold winter, this look is FabLife approved! And what do you want to bet it only took him like two days to grow  this thing? [Photo: Getty Images]

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Earthquake In Haiti: How Celebs Are Helping And How You Can, Too

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Hollywood salaries always seem crazy  to us, but our annoyance at those $20 million paychecks is tempered when celebs like Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie donate a crapload of their money to charity. Tuesday’s 7.0 earthquake in Haiti has been devastating to the island nation, but just a day after the disaster that has left countless dead, The Jolie-Pitt Foundation has donated $1 million to emergency medical operations there. The money will fund Doctors Without Borders, and Pitt explained “We understand the first response is critical to serve the immediate needs of countless people who are now displaced from their homes, are suffering trauma, and most require urgent care.”

The couple aren’t the only ones to show their support to this cause though. Heroes star and native Haitian Jimmy Jean-Louis, whose family has been devastated by the quake, has also set up the Hollywood Unites For Haiti fund, where donations are being accepted to provide emergency assistance, shelter, medical supplies, food and water to those who require it. You can contribute directly  to the fund here.  Wyclef Jean, also a native Haitian, has set up Yele.org, another site where you can donate, either online or by texting the word “YELE” to 501501 to make a $5 donation. And as you may know from Facebook or other social networking sites, you can also text “HAITI” to 90999 to make a $10 donation directly to the American Red Cross. Any text donations will be billed to your cell phone. You can follow the Red Cross’ distaster relief efforts and updates on the country’s status on their Newsroom site.   [Photo: Getty Images]

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American Idol: The Atlanta Auditions

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When American Idol premiered on Tuesday night with its Boston auditions, we were proud of our hometown. But um, Atlanta had way more talent last night, huh? Within the first fifteen minutes they let about nine people go through. Also within the first fifteen minutes we got an amazing glimpse of Ryan Seacrest’s former self as a kid in the ATL. That right there was worth the price of admission. A few more gems that made us glad we watched are ahead, as well as an actual heartfelt defense of Paula Abdul.
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Channing Tatum Gets Private About His Privates

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Channing Tatum graces the cover of this month’s Details magazine, and boy does he get into details. While filming the upcoming movie entitled The Eagle Of The Ninth, Tatum got an injury of the most delicate sort, right on his, um, Little Tatum. In a story sure to make men everywhere shudder, Tatum explained what happened to him on the fateful day he burned his penis alive while wearing a wetsuit:

“The only way to keep warm was by pouring a mix of boiling water and river water down your suit. We were finally done shooting for the day, and one of the crew guys asks if I want to warm up before I go. I’m like, Nah, I’m good. And then I thought, Why not? Thing is, he’d forgotten to dilute the kettle water. So he poured scalding water down my suit. And I was trying to pull the suit away from my body to somehow get away from the boiling water, and the more I pulled the suit away, the lower the water went. It just went straight down and pretty much burned the skin off the head of my d*ck.”

What’s worse, the author of the article describes the injury as looking like “a hot dog that’s been left too long on  the grill”, a visual that makes this whole tale even worse. Fortunately, Tatum’s hot dog has made a full recovery, much to the relief of wife Jenna Dewan‘s buns. [Photo: Getty Images]

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Heidi Klum And Seal: Hollywood’s Perfect Couple

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As devoted fans of Project Runway know, Heidi Klum is never not pregnant. Klum and husband Seal keep cranking out adorably photogenic babies but more importantly, they are devoted to making their marriage work above all else. Klum (who has officially taken Seal’s last name, Samuel) said that the key to making the relationship work is to only have eyes for her husband. “I don’t flirt. It’s disrespectful to your husband,” Heidi told InStyle magazine (via People). “I would never do that. I’m very devoted, and he’s the same.” Also, when your only male coworkers are Michael Kors and Tim Gunn, it’s easy not to flirt.

The couple also renews their wedding vows every year to really hammer that love home, and other celebrity couples have taken notice. Recently when Fergie and Josh Duhamel renewed their own wedding vows, Duhamel admitted he stole the idea. “We got the idea from Heidi Klum and Seal. They do that and she’s like, ‘I want to do that!’ I thought it was a great idea and why not?” he said.

We think Heidi and Seal’s devotion is refreshingly old-fashioned – our generation needs a Paul Newman/Joanne Woodward-style union, so maybe they’re it. [Photo: Getty Images]

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American Idol Season 9: Let The Battle Begin

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Has it really been seven months since we crowned Kris Allen the king of American Idol? It may not seem like it, since we’ve been so thoroughly entertained by Adam Lambert who has superseded Allen as the one we love to watch in that time. Will any of this season’s crop of contestants manage to reach the polarizing levels of fame that Lambert has? That’s what we want to know, and there was no better place to kick off the search than in Boston. Our first instinct was to write this recap phonetically to truly capture the Massachusetts dialect, which is near and dear to us, as we grew up outside Boston. We’ll spare you, but don’t be surprised if we drop our “R”s here and there. Now, allow us to indulge in our top five favorite moments of the premiere and please realize that if we could, we’d give Victoria Beckham‘s lace head-wrap it’s own blog post, but we have more pressing things to discuss.

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The Woman Who Replaced Angelina

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It was recently reported that Angelina Jolie‘s contract as the face of fashion house St. John was not renewed. St. John CEO Glenn McMahon explained that Jolie “overshadowed the brand” and said, “we wanted to make a clean break from actresses and steer away from blondes and cleanse the palette.” So basically, what he’s trying to say is: “we’re tired of being the brand for rich but sensible moms and also, stop talking about how we’re the brand with Angelina in our ads. You’re giving us a complex.”

Replacing Jolie is flame-haired model Karen Elson, who is anything but blonde or actress-y. So who is this striking woman that St. John finds so palate-cleansing? Most famously, she is musician Jack White‘s wife, and the mother to their two children, Scarlett and Henry. (We still haven’t figured out if it’s coincidence or not that Elson’s bright red hair and pale white skin fit perfectly with the White Stripes‘ famous red, white and black color palette. Either way, it seems like true love.)

In addition to modeling, Elson is the proprietor of a Nashville vintage clothing boutique called Venus & Mars and a musician who’s part of the New York-based Citizens Band. Elson is also part of that most-favorite web genre of ours, videos of models falling down, most recently making headlines for falling into an orchestra pit. Angelina she ain’t, but after checking out these photos of her ads, we think she’s definitely breathing new life into this stuffy, Mom-wear brand.  [Photo: Getty Images]

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Simon Cowell Admits He Wants To Get Back With Paula

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We totally called it yesterday when we theorized that maybe Simon Cowell would find a way to reunite with Paula Abdul when he departs American Idol next year. Now Cowell has admitted that he does indeed want to work with Abdul again, saying “I’ve gone on record, I adore Paula. Whatever happens, I will be working with her in some capacity, because I miss her.” Now, we don’t know if this means she’ll definitely be hired for The X-Factor, but it sure sounds like it!

Funny, season 9 of Idol hasn’t even started yet (tonight, baby!) and already it feels like it’s unravelling – we sure hope all these departures don’t result in lost momentum and maximum suckage. We already went through that with this most recent season of Project Runway and we can’t handle another reality crap-fest.[Photo: Getty Images]