There are many ways to tell whether you are truly a New Yorker or just one of the millions just stopping through — and I’ve always contended that you really know you’ve arrived when you witness someone taking a crap in the middle of the street. We are not alone in this. And that’s why VH1 News asked the glamorous stars, from NYC and Hollywood alike, attending the Tribeca Film Festival for the past two weeks to share their grossest New York moment. Just so we know where they stand.
“I one day saw the entire journey of a turd,” Mad Men star Rich Sommer said. “I was walking through Union Square and saw a man creating it, and then I walked by later in the day and it was still there, and then I walked by like four hours later and it was gone.”
Malin Akerman defines gross a little differently. “For those New Yorkers that have never been to the Box…” she began, talking about the risque burlesque club. “If you want to call it ‘burlesque’ — I have seen some of the grossest things ever at the Box.”
Judd Apatow has scary, rather than disgusting memories of his childhood in the city. “I kind of remember almost getting robbed when I was a kid on 8th Avenue, but now 8th Avenue is like the Disney store,” he said.
We already think Josh Hutcherson did a great job as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games, but the kid’s got a lot of work ahead of him still. Catching Fire and Mockingjay are no walk in the park for the baker’s boy. So we’re very glad MTV and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale took it upon themselves to help him keep his acting chops in shape by targeting him in last night’s episode of Punk’d. Hutch thought he was going out for coffee and lunch with two of his friends, but the friend in the driver’s seat realized their car was being followed and soon they found themselves being interrogated in an LAPD station. Through it all, Josh kept his cool in a way that would make Haymitch proud, even if he may have been freaking out on the inside. Here’s how we think this whole experience can help him enter the arena once more. (Warning: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read books two and three.)
1. Josh calmly identifies himself to the 911 operator (Lucy Hale), and doesn’t even mention the fact that the mysterious voice coming from a radio in the car has poked fun of his “dirty, one-size-too-small tank top.” Peeta is also used to being under surveillance and knows not to lose his cool in front of the cameras.
Despite what you may think upon seeing the trailer, or just hearing the name The Five-Year Engagement, the movie is not about a pair of commitment-phobes. Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) really do seem to want to get married, they just let a lot of other things get in their way. But Blunt and co-star Alison Brie know they would handle things much differently.
“You gotta crack the whip and get on with it, because you run into all kinds of trouble, like [our characters] do,” Blunt told VH1 News at the red-carpet premiere last week. “If you want to do it, you gotta just do it.”
Brie agreed. “I mean, look, I’m honestly not a super weddings-y type of person, but I do think that if you’re going to take the step and propose and get engaged, that’s the big leap there,” the Community star said. “Then just get married! Follow it up!”
The relationship woes of fictional people were not really much on the actresses’ minds at the premiere, by the way. They were too intent on clowning around: Emily barged in on co-star Kevin Hart’s interview, and Alison turned our request for her to reprise her character’s British accent into a weird New York mobster thing. We don’t mind, though. That kind of playful energy is kind of the best way to sell a comedy, isn’t it?
In case you haven’t gathered from our Jason Segel gushing earlier this week, The Five-Year Engagement has landed pretty high on our list of all-time great romantic comedies. It’s funny, believable and moving without ever feeling too, well, rom-com-ish. Also, it’s really great to look at. Which is why we were thrilled that the movie’s costume designer, Leesa Evans, who was the mastermind behind Bridesmaids’ great looks last year, got on the phone with VH1 Celebrity to chat about her work. She’s a longtime collaborator with director/writer Nick Stoller and writer/star Segel, which means her job is a whole lot more than putting actors in pretty dresses and hip T-shirts.
“During the design process and the fitting process you come up with things that feel right for the characters that weren’t written but add to the development of the character absolutely,” Leesa explained. Things like, the fact that at the “Dress as Your Favorite Superhero” New Year’s Eve party where Violet (Emily Blunt) and Tom (Jason Segel) first meet, Violet is dressed as Princess Diana and Tom is wearing a giant pink bunny suit. “I said, ‘We’ve got to put him in the most adorable ridiculous thing that a big guy could ever wear. … How about a pink bunny?’ And we all laughed so hard that that was it. There was never a discussion of anything else because seeing Jason in a bunny suit would just make us all laugh so much.”
Peruse this gallery are more of Leesa’s stories behind the looks from The Five-Year Engagement:
[Photos: Universal Pictures]
Amber Rose — model, muse, singer and soon-to-be Mrs. Wiz Khalifa — seems like the kind of girl who has fun no matter where she is, what she’s doing or who she’s with. That image must be due, in part, to what she wears. The bubbly beauty puts together some crazy eclectic ensembles that would make us regular girls look homeless. But as she put it, when she stopped by VH1 to appear on Big Morning Buzz Live, “You got swag, you can pull it off.” She itemized this outfit for us, just in case we acquire swag in the near future…
Some of us didn’t totally get this Channing Tatum thing right off the bat. He’s not your classically handsome star … not until he opens his mouth or his shirt, preferably both. Now we all get it, and he’s Hollywood’s go-to guy for action flicks, buddy pics, rom-coms and stripper movies (please, more stripper movies; there is no way Magic Mike is going to be enough). Seriously, he’s in five major movies this year. Today, Channing and his abs turn 32, and while a lot of people are looking back at all his sexy, sweet and super-awesome movie moments, we thought we’d take a different tack and look at a completely random collection of his hottest non-movie moments. Because he cannot be contained by just one medium. Here are 10 images from his “dancing” career, his modeling days, his regular (not at all regular) life, his superb fundraising efforts and more.
So, we just got these two new stills from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and while we don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth — thanks, Summit! — it’s really kind of hard to be excited about them. Except in theory. In theory, they are part of the slow build toward the movie’s release that will inevitably accelerate come fall, with piles and piles of clips and stills and interviews. And really, we like seeing Bella and Edward together as happy — if slightly apprehensive? — vampires. And Jacob looking, well, like Jacob. Put these photos next to The Feathers. And next to all of the images we’ve seen and screengrabbed and analyzed from the teaser trailer. This, like, redefines tease.
Actually, I think I know what’s going on here. Wild conjecture alert. The Twilight publicity team were just planning to take a nice breather before their big onslaught, but then they too heard all about Robert Pattinson’s and Kristen Stewart’s inadvertent competition at Cannes, and they thought, “Let’s just remind those folks of the Twilight franchise’s indie roots.” And then in the summer, they’ll let us see some pics that will remind us that Part 2 becomes “X-Men: Vampire Faceoff.” But seriously, we need some Renesmee photos, please. And maybe that arm-wrestling scene Kellan Lutz reminded us about. Damn. November is really far away.
[Photos: Summit Entertainment]
Emeli Sande doesn’t fit into a box. Her songs are powerful but sweet. The 24-year-old “Next to Me” singer’s voice reaches impressively high notes but maintains a honeyed tone. She was a med student at the University of Glasgow before dropping out to pursue music. And when the Scottish soul singer — and June’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist — stopped by VH1 yesterday, she demonstrated a similar contradiction in her style and manner. She wore got the bleached buzzed haircut and leather jacket of a tough girl, as she smiled so sweetly at our photographer and seemed embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know all the brand names of her awesome ensemble. No worries, we found it all out eventually. Scroll down for the details.
Maybe you fell in love with Jason Segel when he was Nick on Freaks and Geeks. Maybe you found him as Alyson Hannigan’s other half on How I Met Your Mother. Perhaps it took his perfect bromance with our other true love Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. The Muppets might have been your thing, or his side-clutching “Kemper-pedic” mattress ad on SNL. Seriously, if none of those won you over, you have a cold, dead heart — and you are probably the studio head who told him to lose 35 lbs for The Five-Year Engagement.
We have our own theories about why we love the 32-year-old actor/writer/producer/composer/puppeteer. What we really wanted to do was get a second opinion on whether Jason Segel the man is as dreamy as all of his characters. And since Michelle Williams was busy, we spoke to Leesa Evans, his personal stylist as well as the costume designer for The Five-Year Engagement, Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man (in addition to Bridesmaids, American Pie and many more impressive movies).
“I’ve known him since he was 19, and it’s nice to see him remain this humble, kind and good person,” Evans told VH1 Celebrity, explaining that she met him in his Freaks and Geeks days (she didn’t work on that show, but she’s part of the whole Judd Apatow crew). “Jason is a very kind and good human being. He cares about the people he works with a great deal. He takes a vested interest in the family filmmaking environment that we have … with this whole group of people that we work with so often.”
There was much to love about Glee’s much-hyped Whitney Houston tribute episode last night, beginning with the goose-bump-inducing “How Will I Know?” led by Mercedes that opened the show. We already knew Amber Riley’s killer pipes are perfect for powerhouse covers like that. And it was easy to ignore the obvious technical help Heather Morris received for her “Dance With Somebody” once Brittany and Santana started, you know, dancing. Special Brittany unicorn bonus points for sharing her dreams of Quinn dancing, flying and breathing fire. Also, we’ve been dying for another Klaine-centric story — and this one delivered tears and giggles as it taught the kids an important lesson about “lesbian bed death.” BUT … Maybe my expectations for this episode were too high, because I kept being distracted by the kind of awkward moments that always exist but normally don’t bother me on Glee.
- During “Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” the look switched to a super slick music video style, and yes, this has been done before, like for the Madonna and Britney episodes, but it felt jarring last night.
- Watching Blaine’s angry singing at Kurt, more than all the other times the Gleeks have sung out their relationship woes, really felt like we were stuck in the backseat of the car while another couple was fighting in the front seat.