Up until now, we’ve always thought of Alice Eve as “the hot blonde from She’s Out of My League, even though she’s had roles since then. That’s about to change, big time. The British babe endured hours of filming in a coffin for The Raven, in theaters April 27, so we’ll have those claustrophobic images seared in our minds for a while. Then she’s co-starring in Men in Black III (out May 25), as the younger version of Emma Thompson’s Agent O. And next year, we’re probably going to be referring to her as “Star Trek hottie Alice Eve.” In the meantime, we’re going to call her, the beautiful lady who climbed onto a table to show off her stunning stiletto booties while confusing our photographer by pronouncing Giambattista Valli so authentically.
Alice’s top and skirt are Dolce & Gabbana, and the shoes are the aforementioned Giambattista Valli. Her nail color is “tart deco” from Esse. If we paint our nails that color, we will look like her when we grow up, right?
[Photos by Colin Gray]
Listen, actors: We know that your job is to play completely fictional characters and that you are not necessarily anything like the people you pretend to be. But it is still really fun to imagine, for instance, that when Vampire Diaries star Joseph Morgan saunters into a small office space in Times Square, that we are actually being visited by Original vampire Klaus himself. You should all take this as a compliment to your skills, not necessarily as proof that we are delusional idiots (even though we definitely are sometimes).
Anyway, that’s why we decided to ask Morgan if he’d ever met any real-life evil masterminds who inspired his charismatic-yet-chilling portrayal of the man who kept his family locked in coffins for hundreds of years, held Stefan hostage for most of this season and terrorized Mystic Falls with his own army of vampire-werewolf hybrids.
“Not in real life, no,” the 30-year-old Brit laughed. “I’ve been inspired by many fictional evil masterminds, you know, in developing Klaus, but luckily … I don’t think I’d survive if I met an evil mastermind like Klaus. I think it would be fascinating. I think New York is probably where I would meet one as well. There’s got to be an evil corporate mastermind here that could rival [Klaus].”
The lawsuit filed against Johnny Depp, his security detail and the Hollywood Palladium in connection with an incident at an Iggy and the Stooges concert last December (and made available on E! Online) is making us cringe, a lot. Not that we know how much of it is true, but the allegations made by “Jane Doe,” a disabled physician and med school professor, are pretty horrifying: Early in the night, she says some guards tried to block her from getting back to her seat in the VIP section, telling her to go to around to a different entrance, which she didn’t want to do since she didn’t have her cane with her. Later, she alleges that the bodyguards tried to forcefully pry her iPhone out of her hand, dragged her up to a balcony area and then proceeded to handcuff and drag her out in a manner that caused her pants to fall down “exposing her buttocks to the other Hollywood Palladium patrons.” She says she suffered “severe trauma and extensive injuries” as a result. The suit also says that Depp was looking on and talking to his bodyguards throughout the night, and thus directing their actions.
While we wait to see how this drama unfolds, we thought we’d look back (not so fondly) at the wide variety of celebrities who’ve been caught up in similar situations, due to their overzealous security team, overly aggressive fans and photographers, or, more likely, an unfortunate combination of the two.
- In 2004, Prince and his bodyguards were sued by college student Anthony Fitzgerald who said they confiscated his camera after he snapped a photo of the artist in Minneapolis-St. Paul International airport. Prince countersued for invasion of privacy and violation of copyright and trademark law. The fact that we can’t find anything on the conclusion of this conflict leads us to believe both parties settled this quietly.
So we have more tastefully nude pics to add to the portraits of Maria Menounos and Debra Messing we saw yesterday, from Allure‘s “Naked Truth” issue. Heidi Klum, Taraji P. Henson, Leslie Bibb and Morena Baccarin also stripped down for the breathtaking black-and-white photo spread. And because Allure is not Maxim, these photos are supposedly meant not to titillate but to make women feel better about their bodies. Huh? Actually, they just made me put aside the sleeve of Girl Scout cookies I was about to eat for breakfast. We learn in the accompanying video featuring everyone but Heidi that the ladies did feel slightly nervous about dropping trou for the shoot. Some even — gasp! — admitted to dieting.
“I told my friends [about the shoot], mostly because I’ve been starving myself for three weeks. And so when they ask me to go out to dinner, I have to preface it by saying, ‘Well, I’m actually not eating now,’ ” Homeland star Baccarin said. “Part of me wanted to say, ‘I don’t diet.’ But I do, and I work really hard to look the way that I look. I think that that’s comforting for women to know the truth.”
We’re not sure we can be objective about More Like Her, the new novel from author Liza Palmer. That’s because she’s family — a writer for VH1′s Pop Up Video. So rather than review the book, we invited her to write a guest blog about it, the world of celebrity and which celebrities she dreams of casting in the movie adaptation.
I’ve been writing books for almost 10 years and wrote for the first season of VH1′s Pop Up Video in 2011. My books, like my life, have explored the idea of identity and being comfortable with who you are, warts and all. What is this “normal” we’re all reaching for? Clearly, after four books, I’m still trying to figure it out. But, with More Like Her I wanted to raise the stakes a bit. I wanted something to happen that couldn’t be taken back with an apology or a conversation.
Liza’s fantasy casting for More Like Her.
We all know celebrities are airbrushed, both their photos and their lives. And yet, we keep striving for it: that same Photoshopped perfection. We imagine there’s some green room awaiting us with everything Gwyneth Paltrow promises on Goop, a tablescape by Martha Stewart and an outfit from J. Crew that will look better on us than it does on the first lady.
But perfection doesn’t exist. And we know it. That doesn’t stop us from scrambling for it day in and day out. What are we all hiding? To answer this question, here are just a couple of the comments left after gossip blogs posted a photo of Scarlett Johansson wearing a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii:
“Ugh… spotty knees, hair can be seen on her right calf area!!”
Summer concert season is supposed to be all about letting loose, drinking beer and enjoying great music with your friends, right? But it’s also a fantastic place to eye what the cool kids are wearing these days, which makes sense: When you can’t hear what anyone’s saying over the blasting beat, you have to communicate in other ways. And since it’s the earliest big festival on the camera, and jam-packed with celebrities, we like to turn to Coachella as an indicator of the coming season’s hot — and often batsh– crazy — trends. Two adorable couples (who happen to be friends), Nina Dobrev and Ian Somerhalder, and Joshua Jackson and Diane Kruger, gave us hope that this summer would be full of relaxed but colorful clothing. Vanessa Hudgens and Fergie, on the other hand, have us a little worried. And lord help us if anyone tries to make us buy a pair of studded denim hot pants, a la Rihanna. Some thighs are not meant to be adorned in such a manner. Let’s take a look at the trends we’ll embrace, the ones we fear, and a few we’re still on the fence about.
[Photos: Splash News Online, Getty Images]
Oh, what won’t Robert Pattinson do for his craft? He’s braved some terrible Pacific Northwest weather for Twilight, given up junk food for those Breaking Dawn honeymoon scenes, wore that ridiculous Dali mustache for Little Ashes and now, thanks to a new clip on MTV, we see the ultimate sacrifice he made for Bel Ami: He wore the world’s most unflattering pair of long underwear. We see why this was necessary, of course. RPattz is playing a young man in 19th century Paris who uses sex to climb out of his peasant status and into high society. We’re not historians, but we’re pretty sure there was no such thing as boxer-briefs or ab workouts in 19th century Paris. Elastic was invented in the mid-1800s but was a long way from working its way into waistbands. And we are wasting lots of words here instead of showing you what we meant to. All the different angles of these terrible bloomers that make poor Rob look like he has no butt and yet also manage to show off his coin slot (scroll down for the piece de resistance). We’re really, really sorry about this. To be fair, he also got to make out with Christina Ricci, Uma Thurman and Kristin Scott Thomas. So, that probably evened things out.
One of the reasons everyone seems to love HBO’s new Girls, like instantaneously, is its warts-and-all depiction of what it’s like to be a young, female and underemployed in the big city. But also, it is a fictional show written and acted for our entertainment. So there have got to be some things that are exaggerated, some facts twisted for the sake of putting Lena Dunham and company in the most uncomfortable, funny situations. And it’s not like the show, for adults, requires a Jackass-style “Don’t try this at home warning.” Still, we suspect that each episode will raise some questions about whether these things really happen. Yes, many 20-somethings are still living off their parents, some companies resort to delegating their Twitter accounts to the interns, and the kids these days are into very casual sex. No, we don’t think $1100 a month is a realistic budget for a young woman living in Brooklyn, though it can be done. But the most nagging question of all, for some of us, at least … Can you legally buy dried poppy pods in the flower district and get high off of the tea?
Well. No, it’s not legal. Every part of the plant but poppy seeds (the kind you plant to grow flowers and the kind on your bagel) is categorized as schedule II controlled substance by the federal government. Michael Pollan, famed food writer and gardener, wrote a really long article for Harper’s in 1997 about how the DEA views poppies. Basically, it’s illegal to grow them, but agents have more pressing laws to enforce. “It’s illegal to grow opium poppies,” an anonymous agent told Pollan, “but frankly I don’t see it becoming a big problem, only because it’s so labor-intensive to harvest the opium. You’ve got to go out early in the morning and slit the pods, then wait until the gum oozes out, and then you have to scrape it off pod by pod.”
Well, this was … unwise. Pippa Middleton was in the front passenger seat of a convertible, driving through Paris on Saturday, when the driver looked back and aimed a gun at a photographer. The, um, intrepid photo-journalist, continued to snap pictures of the smiling Pippa and her friends, and then promptly went to the police and London’s The Sun. (The tabloid, of course, painted quite the picture of the “chilling moment the barrel of what looks like a semi-automatic stared straight down his lens.”)
Now all four parties in the Audi are facing some serious charges for the little stunt. Because not only is it against the law to point guns at people (oh, those French!), but it’s also illegal to be knowingly involved in the misuse of a weapon. Those photos are going to make it pretty hard to prove that Pippa and company didn’t know what was going on — unless that smile is how she expresses shock? “Anybody involved in the illegal use of a handgun in public is liable to arrest and interrogation,” a source told The Sun. The driver and the passengers could face up to seven years in prison. Even if the gun proves to be a fake (and somehow, we doubt the owner of an Audi convertible who happens to be friends with Pippa would be carrying a water gun), the accused gun-pointer could face a two-year sentence.
This is probably a sign that I am a little older than the target audience for HBO’s new series: I get that horribly sexist, totally fun Motley Crue song stuck in my head every time I hear Girls mentioned. It can almost drown out the deafening applause I hear from all the people who got advance screeners of the show. The consensus seems to be that it’s great, mostly because of the honest, gritty way it depicts the experience of young Millenial women trying to make it in the big, bad, Recession-ravaged city. I’m not so old that my memories of being 25 in New York are faded. But they are far enough behind me that I do get just a tiny bit nostalgic as I read 50 Shades of Grey — nostalgic for the naivete of Anastasia (OK, I think most of us were like that when we were 17, not 21), her apartment with her best friend, her excitement for a low-paying publishing job, and, oh, yeah, her f—ed up relationship with a millionaire that’s totally OK because it’s not like she’s looking to get married or anything.
Yeah, that’s the kind of view of one’s 20s that only comes with distance. So, I’m contemplating whether to sign up for HBO again (and who are these 20-somethings who can afford premium channels, anyway?), something I usually only do when there are new episodes of True Blood, just for Girls. Maybe I need to be reminded why everyone told me my 30s would be better. Anyway, I gathered some quotes from critics to help me decide; maybe they’ll help you too.
Why We Should Watch:
It’s sticking it to the man: “Even before the Republican candidates adopted The Handmaid’s Tale as a platform, Dunham’s sly, brazen, graphic comedy, with its stress on female friendships, its pleasure in the sick punch line, its compassion for the necessity of making mistakes, felt like a retort to a culture that pathologizes feminine adventure.” — New York
It’s real, unlike the admittedly flawed Sex and the City: “Where that series had a high sheen to it and was all about finding men and shoes and happiness (about in that order), and the four variations on a feminine theme came together all-too-neatly for lunch and chat sessions, Girls is a much more lo-fi, rooted-in-realism affair, and it mines the honesty of its characters in such a way that it produces both robust comedy and genuine, emotionally dramatic moments.” — The Hollywood Reporter