To the rest of the world, the news that Taylor Swift, 22, is dating Conor Kennedy, the 18-year-old son of Robert Kennedy Jr, is just another juicy gossip story. But to us Massachusetts natives, this is THE love story of the year. Liking the Kennedys is just what we do. It’s an unexplained and unquestioned rule of growing up in the Bay State, like calling milkshakes frappes and liquor stores packies. They are are our royals, holding court at the top alongside James Taylor, Tom Brady, and Mr. Dunkin Donuts.
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Here in Los Angeles I’m waiting to watch the Olympic Opening Ceremonies on TV in a few hours. But over in London it sure looks like they’re having a supercalifragilicious expialadocious good time. Chimney sweeps! Ravers! Children jumping on beds! Giant Voldemort-like puppets ready to eat you alive! It’s like Harry Potter and Mary Poppins met up with The Clash for the world’s weirdest acid trip. Here’s 25 of the most insane Opening Cermonies moments so far. USA! USA!
(And check out the 50 Hottest Olympians Blazing London This Summer, too!)
We’ve already declared Step Up Revolution the guilty pleasure movie of the summer, and now we can show you one of the reasons behind our pick: The ultra-hot chemistry between the film’s stars, Ryan Guzman and Kathryn McCormick. According to the film’s director, Scott Speer, whom we spoke with last week at the film’s press junket in L.A.: “They fell for each other, which is always a huge help.” Added producer Adam Shankman, ”Both are really talented and both are really, really nice, and I hadn’t seen that since we cast Channing Tatum and Jenna Dewan [in the first Step Up film]. And we know what happened there — they’re married.”
I walked into see Step Up Revolution with zero expectations, and found myself cheering and clapping through the whole thing and – dare I confess – getting choked up at one moment. My 3-D glasses fogged up, guys – it was that good. And also a little bad — in the best way possible. The dancing, the script, the love story and the wonderful cheesiness of it all earned it my vote for Best Guilty Pleasure Movie of the Summer. Not convinced? Here are five reasons why you should be.
Well, here we are. In light of the, um, events of the past 24 hours, we’ve been digging through our old videos and posts from the Snow White and the Huntsman press junket I attended outside London in May (which Robert Pattinson was at, on the sly). Previously we had only published a snippet of our conversation with the film’s director, Rupert Sanders, but here’s our chat in its entirety, airplane interruption and all.
In our conversation he complimented the film’s “two incredibly strong female actors” and said of their time on set: “Everything was very intense. We were shooting in a very intense way, we were shooting very organically. I threw Kristen of cliffs, Imade her ride horses, fight dwarves…it’s a very primal film. It’s very intense.”
As for Kristen Stewart, with whom Sanders has admitted to having an extramarital affair, he said this: “She’s very vital, very on the edge, very rebellious, which I like. She doesn’t play by anyone’s rules, she’s just got all those things that make a very modern and intoxicating Snow White.”
He added that when he and the producers first met Kristen, he thought, “Wow, there’s something really raw and primal in this woman.”
Lord knows it’s been a very intense day filled with a lot of raw emotions and primal reactions to the news that Rupert and Kristen did indeed have some sort of relationship. I’m not sure my interview gives us any real insight as to what went on between these to that lead to their cheating and today’s implosion, but it is nonetheless interesting to go back and watch.
Hello, Kate Spencer here. I think I’ve now well established myself as a “person who likes Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson a whole lot,” and my boss has asked me to hop online and type up a little something about this evening’s rumor bomb: that Kristen “was caught by photographers in a series of steamy rendezvous with her Snow White and the Huntsman director, Rupert Sanders.” (Us Weekly‘s words, not mine.)
People also ran a story about the allegations, in which their source said: ”Kristen is absolutely devastated. It was a mistake and a complete lapse in judgment. She wasn’t having an affair with Rupert. It was just a fleeting moment that shouldn’t have happened. She never meant to hurt anyone. She’s a good person who just made a bad choice.”
I also know that Rob and Kristen have been photographed together quite a lot recently, both at press events like Comic-Con and the Teen Choice Awards on Sunday and out and about in Los Angeles, where they left friend Bobby Long’s concert holding hands just last week. All accounts are that they are as close and happy as ever.
Let me be very clear: I like Rob and Kristen, and I like them together. I know how devoted the fans are and understand the reasons Kristen is admired as intensely as she is — she comes across as a genuine, grounded and good person, with a clear sense of self and a sensitive, self-deprecating side. It’s what makes Us‘ and People‘s charges seem particularly out of character.
The thing I have always admired about Kristen is that she’s always come across as an authentic person, flaws and all. She has never pretended to be anything but human. And human beings make mistakes. And whether or not this recent round of gossip is true, false, or somewhere in between, it’s a valuable thing to remember: The celebrities we admire truly are just like us. They love, they hurt, they try their best, they work at things — their jobs, their relationships, themselves. Sometimes they succeed and sometimes they screw up.
Lord knows I have screwed up many, many times in my life.
And if I may have an Oprah moment here … I know this to be true: that a gossip tabloid is just that — a tabloid filled with gossip. That the only people who really understand the workings of a relationship are the people involved in it. That people can work through things that seem impossible to overcome. And that whatever goes on between two people — both good and bad — is their business, no matter how public their lives may be.
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Teen Wolf’s Tyler Posey is downright charming both on-screen and off, as we learned while chatting him up on the Teen Choice Awards red carpet last night. We inquired about his most regrettable moment from the teen years – since, ya know – that’s kind of the theme of both the awards and his TV show on MTV. Turns out Tyler regrets nothing - though he did pause to look back on one moment with a bit of…thoughtful hindsight.
“I don’t really regret anything,” says Tyler. “I try not to. I don’t regret this, but I was 12 years old and I gave myself my first tattoo with a needle and ink. I would always scratch designs on my skin and rub ink on it when I was like 12.”
Tyler then went into great detail explaining how he sterilized a needle to really commit to inking himself, and accidentally marked himself with soot instead of ink. True story. “I think I’m okay, it’s been there for ten years. I’m still here,” he joked. We’re just glad he survived! And kids – definitely don’t try this at home.
There’s just something about Troian Bellisario that screams Anastasia Steele to us. Perhaps it’s her lovely dark hair and pale skin, or maybe it’s her confident yet vulnerable turn as Spencer Hastings on Pretty Little Liars. Yep, she’s got Fifty Shades of something about her, and we’re hoping E.L. James is noticing – because Troian is a huge Fifty Shades of Grey fan. She shared her love for the series with VH1 at the Teen Choice Awards. When we revealed that she topped the list of our dream cast, Bellisario sweetly responded, “That just makes my heart sing.”
As for the possibility of playing the infamous Seattle submissive? Troian says she’s all for it. “I think it would be something terrifying but if you’re not doing terrifying things every day, you’re not living, so I would love to do that.”
Now we just need to find her the perfect Christian. Any takers, gentlemen actors of Hollywood?
The last season of Breaking Bad is officially underway, and fans are already hypothesizing about how the show will end. Much of the series’ tension comes from Walter White’s DEA-employed brother-in-law Hank being hot on his meth-making trail. We asked Dean Norris, who plays the mineral-loving, nickname-giving fed, if he thinks his character will be the one to crack the Heisenberg case. Says Dean, “I think Hank’s gonna find out. That’s the last major story structure – the Walt-Hank confrontation. And they’re not going to shy away from that.”
When we asked if he thinks Hank will chose his loyalty to family over the law, Dean said: “I don’t know, that’s up to [show creator] Vince Gilligan. I have a feeling he’s going to struggle with it and then take him down.”
And that’s when we let out a fangirl-y scream, because if there’s one thing we’re looking forward to, it’s Hank and Walt going at it in the ultimate, Breaking Bad showdown! Oh, this show. THIS SHOW!
More Breaking Bad coverage from Comic-Con:
Aaron Paul on Jesse Pinkman’s Possible Demise: “I Hope He Goes Out With Guns Blazing”
Is Walter White A Hero Or A Villain? Bryan Cranston Answers!
It’s more or less impossible to pick a favorite character on Breaking Bad. Gus was arguably one of TV ‘s all time greatest villains, Hank’s obsession with minerals and his unwavering determination to nail Heisenberg is always TV gold, and then there’s just Marie being Marie. But there’s something special about Jesse Pinkman – his constant use of “yo” and “bitch,” his tiny red car, his desperate, misguided attempts to love and be loved. If Walt is the brains, then Jesse is the heart of the operation — and the show.
So it was no surprise that the Comic-Con crowd welcomed the actor with a standing ovation on Friday, nor was it a surprise that the fans crammed into Ballroom 20 booed when show creator Vince Gilligan teased the possibility of Jesse Pinkman dying this season. When we caught up with Aaron at the show’s premiere on Saturday, he had this to say about whether or not Jesse will get a happy ending. “I hope so,” said the actor. “Hopefully he survives. If not, I hope he at least goes out guns blazing, in a blaze of glory.”
As for Gilligan’s hinting that Jesse’s life may be cut short? Says Aaron, “It’s so depressing. I hope something good happens for him, because I care for him deeply.”
So do we, yo. So do we.