What, you’ve never heard of VidCon? You didn’t know that 18,000 YouTube creators and fans gathered in Anaheim last weekend to celebrate online video and take a lot of selfies with each other? Well it’s time to start paying attention – to VidCon, and the people it honors. Not only are YouTube creators innovating entertainment and making a buttload of money doing it, but their fanbase is rabid, loyal and growing like crazy. Vidcon has more than doubled in size since 2012, and soon the whole world will be attending. Don’t get left out! Here’s what you need to know.
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Robert Pattinson is amazing in The Rover. The bleak, dystopian Western is out now, and his performance is sure to convince even the biggest RPattz critics to do a spit take of their haterade. Sure, I’m basically the captain of the Rob Pattinson Fan Train, but it’s not just me he’s blown away. Critics left Cannes raving about his performance, and the accolades are ongoing. But in case you need convincing, I’m here to help.
Sweet Filthy Boy is the latest novel from Christina Lauren, the pen-name of writing duo Christina Hobbs and Lauren Billings. In just over a year they’ve published seven New York Times bestsellers (yes, you read that right) and their first novel Beautiful Bastard has been optioned for a movie. Sweet Filthy Boy is yet another huge success for the pair and marks the debut of their newest series, Wild Seasons. And boy, do we have a treat for you!
Girls star Andrew Rannells is delightful; a fountain of charm, kindness, and wit mixed together with, as Patti Lupone so perfectly summed up on last Sunday’s episode, the looks of “a f*cking Kennedy.” Better yet, he is incredibly talented, as evidenced by his hilarious turn as Hannah’s biting ex-boyfriend/ex-roommate/forever friend Elijah on Girls and his Tony-nominated performance as Elder Price in The Book of Mormon. And we were lucky enough to sit down with him recently for a chat over a game of checkers. (Which we may have played wrong, thanks to your trusty interviewer’s inability to recall how to play the most basic of childhood games. Oops.)
The one thing you need to know about covering red carpets is this: It is every bit as glamorous as it looks and also it is not glamorous at all. It’s a weird biz, honestly: one that finds you peeing in a port-o-pottie in a ball gown minutes before interviewing Benedict Cumberbatch. One second you’re yukking it up with a walking cover of Vanity Fair magazine, and the next your shoving Kind bars into your mouth on a bus back to a parking garage. Not that I am complaining – I am well aware that my job entails standing still in reasonably warm weather with an electric stick in my hand as beautiful humans talk to me. I am very, very grateful for this and I love every second of it. (Almost as much as I love Kind bars.) But it’s a shame we never get to see the unpolished behind-the-scenes side of red carpets, because it’s equally as weird and fun as the carpets themselves.
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Ben Schwartz is hilarious on House of Lies and Parks & Recreation. He constantly shows off his pop culture savvy on his twitter feed. He’s got a glorious head of boy band-worthy hair. But can he name all five members of One Direction? We put the actor to the One D test while chatting with him over a game of Connect Four. Find out if he was able to name check Harry-Liam-Louis-Niall-Zayn, and watch our entire interview – in which we discuss pressing topics like his hair, having kids and farting in front of famous people – below.
Ben Schwartz is known for a lot of things: starring roles on House of Lies and Parks & Recreation, a hilarious twitter feed, generally being an adorable person and a glorious head of hair. We’re thrilled to welcome him to Very VH1, where he’ll be chatting with us – and you! – live on Tuesday, February 11 at 4PM EST. (That’s 1PM for you west coasters.)
If you haven’t participated in one of our live video chats before, it’s simple: Come to this page on tomorrow at 4PM EST, and if you want to chat with fellow fans AND ask Ben questions yourself, just click on those talk bubbles and sign in. You can even join us on video to ask a question. See you there!
Do you want to sext that special someone but don’t quite know what to say? Maybe you dream of sending a naked pic or two but get scared? Well never fear – Kevin Hart is here to show us all the X-rated ropes. Hart’s character in About Last Night is all about penis pics and XXX messages, so we asked him and co-star Regina Hall to teach us how to throw down the sexy talk. Watch and learn, students. (And go see About Last Night – it’s hilarious and in theaters on Valentine’s Day!)
We asked stars of the new book-turned-film Vampire Academy to describe their very devoted, active and awesome fandom in just three words. (See, we did it too!) So what exactly do Lucy Fry, Zoey Deutch and Danila Kozlovsky think of their devoted little Dhampirs? You’ll need to watch to find out.
Vampire Academy opens February 7.
If you do not read fan fiction, know this: you are missing out on a magical world where your favorite characters can do whatever weird thing in the world you want them to. Vampire Academy – Richelle Mead‘s awesomely dark take on teens with fangs – has inspired tons of cool n’ creative writing on the web, with characters exploring all sorts of worlds – from being runaways to Amish. Yes, Amish.