Whee! New baby! Claire Danes and her British hubby (we have a top BILFs of 2012 up, FYI), Hugh Dancy have just welcomed a son making their family a happy little trio. And their new son has quite a solid name, full of gravitas — Cyrus Michael Christopher Dancy. No Apple’s or Zuma’s for Carrie Mathison! Baby Cyrus made his grand appearance earlier this week, on Monday (that’s December 17) as confirmed by Claire’s spokesperson to People. The handsome couple have been married since 2009 after dating for three years. They met on the set of the film, Evening, FYI. Danes also publicly confirmed that she was pregnant in July this year, but was silent on the subject after, not revealing any details on due date or the sex of the baby. We’re now itching to see photos of little Cyrus, which we’re hoping will emerge soon. And may we offer a big congratulations to the first-time parents as well.
The point of this post is that, in a nutshell, the President Barack Obama is just plain cool. He’s been named as the Time Person of the Year for 2012 which we can all agree on being a pretty awesome thing. But our attention was diverted by this ridiculously adorable photograph that popped up on the POTUS’ twitter account around the time that the announcement was made which was captioned as, “Photo of the day: President Obama gets caught in Spider-Man’s web.” It’s the photo for a lot of days, as far as we’re concerned! The photograph was taken by the White House photographer Pete Souza and shows the President goofing around the W.H, playing with one of the staffer’s kids. The little tyke’s dressed as Spider-man (good choice, kid) who’s pretending to shoot a spider web at Obama. Obama, of course, pretends to be stuck in Spider-kid’s imaginary web. It looks totally spontaneous and we love the President for being this guy. Souza has been responsible for a lot of awesome photographs of Obama — another favorite being of the Prez, tired and smiling, and pulling off his bowtie as the elevator doors of the private residence in the White House are about to close. Here’s a nice colletion of those photos, in honor of Obama becoming Person of The Year.
By now you’ve heard the furor over Instagram’s new policy — which will take effect in a month — that basically allows them to own and sell users photographs without any compensation or prior permission. This happened after Facebook bought out the comapany. Apart from the issues of privacy, which has thousands up in arms, celebrities are also going nuts because the policy states that photographs of users can also be appropriated for advertising purposes. You know what that means. Precious endorsement money gone down the drain. As expected, the world also decided to take their frustration about this decision out on Twitter. Out of all the angry tweets floating about, we culled out the top 10 most mad tweets sent out by celebrities who stated they were going to delete their accounts.
The good news is that with all this fuss and also, all the thousands of retweets of celebrity messages saying they were done with Instagram, the company has had a change of heart. A new, long, apologetic and detailed statement is up on the Instagram blog, written by co-founder Kevin Systrom, saying that, “… As we review your feedback and stories in the press, we’re going to modify specific parts of the terms to make it more clear what will happen with your photos.” The most important point clarified is about advertising, as Systrom writes, “Advertising is one of many ways that Instagram can become a self-sustaining business, but not the only one. Our intention in updating the terms was to communicate that we’d like to experiment with innovative advertising that feels appropriate on Instagram.” And here comes the clarification: “Instead it was interpreted by many that we were going to sell your photos to others without any compensation. This is not true and it is our mistake that this language is confusing. To be clear: it is not our intention to sell your photos. We are working on updated language in the terms to make sure this is clear.”
There’s a lot more in there about ownership and privacy writes, so give it a read here. Until then, enjoy the celebrity tweets that most probably helped in Instagram scrambling to get this statement up! Yee-haw for star power!
Newsweek has a new two-page interview with Kristen Stewart and we thoroughly enjoyed reading it. The open, honest chat starts with the actress giving a quote that was apologetic and defiant all at once, which is what we love about her. In a nod to her Rupert Sanders-affair from earlier this year, she says, “It’s not a terrible thing if you’re either loved or hated. But honestly, I don’t care ’cause it doesn’t keep me from doing my s—. And I apologize to everyone for making them so angry. It was not my intention.” A fair amount of the piece also deals with her role in On The Road and how involved she is in the project. “Last night I was sick with the flu and couldn’t go to this On the Road screening,” she says. “Normally, I wouldn’t feel too terrible about missing a press event, but I felt awful because I’d do anything for this film. It holds a special place for me.”
To prepare for the role, Kristen went on an epic roadtrip with two friends from L.A. to Ohio and back. Being Bella from Twilight did haunt her a little bit, but they still managed by being stealthy when required. “There was a lot of skirting of little girls at rest stops. Like a volleyball team would pull up and I’d dive behind a bush,” she explains. “But we stopped at a Hooters in Amarillo, Texas, because there was this huge horse statue in front of it. We bought a lot of beef jerky. And seeing the landscapes fade from orange to green is the coolest thing.” Speaking of Bella, her response to the question of how she feels now it’s done, is an interesting one. Kristen reveals, “The only relief when it comes to Twilight is that the story is done. I start every project to finish the motherf—, and to extend that [mentality] over a five-year period adapting all of these treasured moments over four books, it was constantly worrying. But as long as people’s perspective of me doesn’t keep me from doing what I want to do, it doesn’t matter.”
You know it’s going to be a good show when you’re talking and Bradley Cooper suddenly segues into, “Hey, do you remember when you asked me the last time, to take my shirt off?” Because that’s what’s happened with Ellen DeGeneres on her show yesterday and as expected, the audience almost started ripping off their shirts in excitement. Bradley then launches into a speech about how he remembers that she asked him very clearly, even though Ellen looks perplexed about where this is going. “… I don’t know if I should reveal this much about myself, ” he says, to which she asks, “Did you take your shirt off?” He replies in the negative and then shows why. Bradley unbuttoned his shirt to reveal a third nipple. “I’m going to do it, I feel free with you guys,” he said before the secret spilling. It gets even better, though, to the delight of the audience, who are so supportive, sweetly enough. And that’s when things start getting really weird and as Ellen says, “What is this, show and tell right now?” Bradley then proceeds to roll up his shirt sleeve to show off a fourth nipple and then his pants leg for a fifth nipple. And that’s when we knew he was kidding! Watch the video above to see the hilarious segment which runs till a minute and twenty seconds before heading into her Chistmas giveaway segment! Good one, guys. They really had us going for a tiny bit!
Romeo Beckham is clearly following in his very fashionable father and mother’s footsteps. It’s kind of par for the course when you have a parental unit comprising David and Victoria Beckham. And it goes without saying that is first modeling assignment — at the age of 10, FYI — would be a very prestigious one. Romeo’s the star of the new Burberry Spring 2013 advertisement which you can see above. And the kid’s got major swag. He looks great in the brand’s signature trench coat and we even give him props for popping its collar. Something we would have not done for any other human being. So, while he looks adorable, we’re going to have to admit that the campaign and the brand’s logic perplexes us. First up, we don’t get what they’re trying to portray here apart from Romeo looking adorable. Are the two adults on the side supposed to be mannequins? Are they metaphors for the traditional modes of modeling? Or is that too deep?
Secondly, and more importantly, this whole deal is a bit hypocritical, innit. Six years ago, Burberry’s head designer, Christopher Bailey was rumored to have been given a slap on the wrist for hanging with Victoria Beckham. Because, in another very past age, Victoria was considered to be the Queen of the WAGS and was viewed as too “chav” to be wearing the brand. This sort of news will never be explicitly confirmed because who will own up to something like that? But you know it was snooty enough to be true. But now that Vicky B’s transformation is complete and she’s become a High Priestess of Fashion, it’s all forgotten — by both the brand the parents. Tsk tsk.
If there’s one thing that really kicks in the arrival of holiday season for us, it’s the Kardashian Khristmas Kard. Apologies, we got carried away — we meant Christmas card. For the last three years, it’s been arriving like clockwork, a week or so before the 25th. 2009’s card was all about the relaxed glamour. 2010 was when they really started taking the Kardashian-ness of it all quite seriously with their version of Christmas couture. Or Khristmas Kouture, in case you want in on our little giggle fest. Last year’s card had us a bit perplexed because it was like Christmas Couture on crack. We have to do it again — Khristmas Kouture on krack. Someone stop us! But seriously, that card. Fortunately, the 2012 card actually has them looking a lot more relaxed. By that we mean they’re actually smiling and not giving their hardcore camera faces, which makes us happy. You can see the whole card here, on Kim‘s Celebuzz page, where she posted it, writing, “Here it is!! Our 2012 family Christmas card shot by the amazing Nick Saglimbeni! We had such a fun time shooting this! What do you think of the final pic??” What do we think of it? It’s so white and sparkly! And their family is really big! Big enough to not fit in a photograph, but the full snapshot will reveal the leg on the right to be Kendall‘s. Maybe next year they’ll actually get Scott Disick to crack a smile. Anything can happen around the holidays. Although, that still doesn’t explain why Rob is brandishing headphones? He’s the … DJ of their Christmas card?
Black reinstated itself as the it color at VH1 Divas last night at the Shrine Auditorium in L.A. It had been relegated into the shadows thanks to the summer brights trend over the last few months. It was the shade to wear as evident by the evidence on the red carpet and on stage! Stacy Keibler wore it via a Monique Lhullier skintight suit and Jimmy Choo shoes, while Keri Hilson took it on through a Pucci jumpsuit, Christian Louboutin shoes while blinging up with Lorraine Schwartz jewels. Demi Lovato wore black with a sweet Topshop dress with lace overlay shoulders while Miley Cyrus not only wore it with lots of metal embellishments on stage, but also as she arrived, in a sexy cut-out Omo by Norma Kamali dress. It’s like those two were at opposite ends of the spectrum with Demi being sugar and Miley being the spice! Ciara was sleek and sexy in a sequined Pamella Roland gown and that’s not all. Jordin Sparks, NeNe Leakes, Amber Riley, Elisha Cuthbert and more wore black to the show making it the biggest trend of the night. Check out our gallery below for all the looks and tell us what you think, and who your favorites are.
All hail The Glambert! Because that’s exactly what Adam Lambert is — super glamorous and fabulous all rolled into one. The amazo singer was not only the host of VH1 Divas last night but he also performed a couple of numbers on stage to a very happy audience. As expected, we got some grade-A Glambert fashionable outfit changes all night. We’ve put together all eight for you in the gallery below, but we can’t help but discuss some of our most special looks. Topping that list is Adam’s grey hounds-tooth suit worn while hosting. Sounds demure? Not a chance. Adam spruced it up by adding metallic spikes to the shoulder. We also have his ‘Crusades’ chic and Top Gun trendy outfits. The latter was a jumpsuit, obvs, but zippered and nipped and tucked to make a huge fashion statement. The former was a tunic with patterns reminiscent of the Medieval Crusades. Glambert style, of course! Have a look at all our pictures and tell us what your favorite outfit is.
Let’s face it, we’ve all seen a couple of real fashion doozies this year. Whether they were at any one of the major award ceremonies, premieres or just disasters spotted on the street, our celebrities have made some grade-A worst-dressed choices in 2012. As always, as we look back at it all, we thought we would compile said bad sartorial decisions into one big, bad list. A top 20, to be precise. We’ve also compiled the looks in a gallery for you to pore through. We’re going to break it down for you from number 20 right up to numero uno. Feel free to let us know if you agree with the list, and if we missed anyone.
13. Lindsay Lohan: Too much blush, way fake hair extensions, a cheap-looking satin gown, diamond cut-out with red tear-drops … oh, Lindsay. She could have done so much better to the premiere of Liz & Dick.