In the latest issue of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott points out what a great time it is for female characters on TV. From Downton Abbey to 30 Rock, our screens are filled with complex, strong, flawed women that reflect real life as much as they entertain us. And also, as the VF cover and photo spread demonstrate, a lot of the actresses portraying those great characters also happen to be smoking hot. We at the Fab Life pride ourselves on being solid feminists as much as we love being shallow, so this is the perfect way to combine those interests: Making you (seriously, we’ll put toothpicks in your eyelids if you disobey) look at the 10 brainiest beauties, or the 10 most beautiful brainiacs, on TV right now, and then forcing you to vote for your favorite. Are you an avid follower of Kalinda Sharma’s ass-kicking investigative techniques on The Good Wife? Were you rooting for Lady Sybil to ditch her parents AND her chauffeur suitor and run off to become a doctor? Aren’t you sure that Sterling Cooper Draper Price would crumble without Joanie’s capable guidance? Peruse the gallery, add to your DVR queue, and get to voting. Poll ends on Monday at 2 p.m. ET.
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Jesse James is playing this pretty well, finally. While he seems to know he’ll never exactly escape the shadow of his tabloid-ready love life, he’s returning the focus to the thing that made him famous in the first place: his work in the shop. The extended preview for his upcoming special on Discovery, Jesse James: Outlaw Garage, touches on both his escape from Hollywood (“My life blew up in my face,” he says, which is one way to refer to his messy divorce from Sandra Bullock, affair with Michelle “Bombshell” McGee and broken engagement to Kat Von D) and his efforts to rebuild his life in Texas, with his new Austin Speed Shop. There’s a whole lot of car talk and a ridiculous deadline and the usual personnel conflict stuff there too, of course.
Jennifer Love Hewitt is a very, shall we say, outgoing woman. She loves prancing about in lingerie for Maxim (and showing off her assets everywhere else she can, too). She’s game for playing a prostitute in her new Lifetime series, The Client List. And she’s not afraid to put herself out there in the dating pool. In an interview for today’s Ellen DeGeneres Show, she told Ellen that while she likes being single “I always have my eyes out” for a new man. Actually, she has her eyes out for one man in particular.
“I just read two days ago that Adam Levine is single again. I’m just saying,” Hewitt said. In response, DeGeneres pulled out a phone, acting like she was about to call the Maroon 5 frontman and Voice coach, who just split from his supermodel girlfriend, Anne V.
The details in the final coroner’s report on Whitney Houston’s death spell out the nasty effects of the late singer’s cocaine use. She was found face down in the bathtub with a “bloody purge coming from her nose” the report states, adding that damage to her septum also indicated her drug habit. Among the evidence in her hotel room were “a small spoon with a white crystal-like substance in it and a rolled up piece of white paper” on a counter and “remnants of a white powdery substance, and a portable mirror on a base” in a drawer.
According to TMZ, Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, was devastated by the report and cried hysterically when she heard of its findings. Understandably, she worries that Whitney will be remembered for the circumstances of her death rather than her musical legacy.
“I know I did the best I could,” Cissy said in a recent TV interview. “I don’t blame myself. I know I did the best I could for everything. I’m very proud of my daughter. She accomplished a whole lot in the short time that she had here … she was a very wonderful person.”
Related: Bobbi Kristina’s Family “Worried Sick” About Her Drinking, Drug Use: Report
Whitney Houston’s Death An Accidental Drowning; Cocaine Found In Her System
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We knew Coco and Ice-T are a couple of many talents. We have also seen plenty of evidence on TV, Twitter and interviews that they’re often just like regular people, despite those ample talents. So when VH1 News caught up with the adorable twosome at the New York premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, we asked if, like the rest of us, they had fantasies of running away and joining the circus. Or the cirque. And oh, they have more than just fantasies.
“I was in gymnastics in high school, so I did the high bars, parallel bars, pommel horse, so …,” Ice revealed, leading us to believe that he had a whole backup plan if that rap thing didn’t pan out.
“I think I’m the flexible one in the house,” Coco put in. And her hubby agreed, “Yeah, she would be the contortionist,” before the interview devolved into talk of the kind of flexibility you don’t show off onstage. Anyway, yeah, we’ve seen evidence of Coco’s flexibility.
We see what you’re doing here, Rihanna, and we don’t like it. First you go and make us write about you ALL the time, what with your ever-changing hairstyles and topless pics and nasty racist rice-cake tweets and Ashton Kutcher booty calls and wearing fancy pajamas to a Battleship premiere and, yes, you’re ill-advised collaboration/renewed friendship with the man who beat you to a bloody pulp. Then you tell Elle magazine that we, the bloggers, are “wasting” our time by “ranting” about you and Brown. And that really makes us want to rant even more! You trapped us! Not fair!
Here’s her exact quotes, from the May cover story: “[Breaking up with Chris Brown] gave me guns. I was like, well, f—. They know more about me than I want them to know. It’s embarrassing. But that was my opening. That was my liberation, my moment of bring it. […] Now you know that, so you can say what you want about it. I don’t have anything to hide.”
And on reaction to her reconciliation with Chris: “The bottom line is that everyone thinks differently. It’s very hard for me to accept, but I get it. People end up wasting their time on the blogs or whatever, ranting away, and that’s all right. Because tomorrow I’m still going to be the same person. I’m still going to do what I want to do.”
OK, keep doing that. But also, maybe think about the fact that your audience is not just bloggers, but actual young women who might find themselves in abusive relationships. /Rant off. Now look at the pretty pictures of blond Rihanna in her undies.
Grain of salt alert, since this comes from Star: A source says Bobbi Kristina Brown’s family tried to have an intervention for her recently, concerned with the drinking, marijuana-smoking and pill-popping she’s been doing since the death of mother Whitney Houston. “Everyone is worried sick about Krissy … her aunt Pat got a number of her friends and family to come to Atlanta and have a serious talk with her about her sobriety,” a source told the tabloid. “There were lots of tears, but Bobbi Kristina didn’t listen.”
The report, which comes to us via Radar, adds that Whitney’s longtime mentor and producer Clive Davis has joined the effort, promising BK that he’ll help launch her career if she sobers up.
As unsourced as this story is, it’s not hard to believe. She’s understandably suffering from the loss of her mother, which initially landed her in the hospital in the days following Houston’s death. And there were reports that the day before Whitney was found in her hotel bathtub, Bobbi Kristina was found asleep in her tub. And we’re pretty sure the family has been trying to hold an intervention of a different kind, to prevent her from getting engaged to “adopted brother” Nick Gordon. If the ghost of Whitney Houston really is haunting her daughter, we hope she’s warning her to hold her head up, stay healthy and get her act together soon.
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When we heard the profanity-laced, creatively insulting voicemail Chevy Chase left for Community boss Dan Harmon, we were slightly torn: On the one hand, Chase is pretty mean to Harmon in the message; on the other, this supposedly came after Harmon led a chant of “F— Chevy” at a party in front of the actor’s wife and daughter. Also, the audience laughter accompanying the voicemail seems pretty humiliating for Chase. Apparently, a whole lot of people on the Internets agreed, and Harmon took to his Tumblr yesterday with a sort of apology for allowing the whole thing to leak to the world.
“[A]s a guy who blogs or tweets every time he wipes his butt, hugs his cat or hurts his girlfriend, it’s conspicuously weird of me to say nothing at all about the giant fart with my name on it that you’ve been inhaling,” Harmon wrote, explaining that he played the voicemail for a monthly live show he does at a comic book store in L.A. “It was in that venue, months ago, that I made the horrible, childish, self-obsessed, unaware, naive and unprofessional decision to play someone’s voicemail to me. He didn’t intend for 150 people to listen and giggle at it, and I didn’t intend for millions of people to read angry reports about it.
“That was a dumb, unclassy, inconsiderate move on my part. I’m very sorry it’s reflecting poorly on the show,” he continued. Read more…
So, we have no verification of this story, but every reason (and desire) to believe it: British journalist Laurie Penny tweeted last night that she was “LITERALLY” saved from being run over by a car in New York by Ryan Gosling.
“I literally, LITERALLY just got saved from a car by Ryan Gosling. Literally. That actually just happened,” Penny wrote. “I was crossing 6th avenue in a new pink wig. Not looking the right way because I am from London. Ryan Gosling grabbed me away from a taxi.”
She wasn’t exactly sure it was famed street-fight-breaker-upper Gosling, but a woman next to her confirmed it, saying, “You lucky bitch.”
Jenna Talackova, the woman disqualified from the Miss Universe Canada competition because she was born a man, held a press conference today with celebrity lawyer Gloria Allred to fight for her right to compete. And Allred lived up to her reputation with this amazing quote, directed at Miss Universe organization owner Donald Trump: “She did not ask Mr. Trump to prove that he is a naturally born man, or to see the photos of his birth, to view his anatomy to prove that he was male.”
As the organization says it will allow Talackova to compete if she meets the “legal gender recognition requirements” of Canada, but Allred declared that her client wants the “natural born” rule to be eliminated altogether. Come to think of it, this other statement from Allred brings up a very good question: “She did not think for one moment that what she might have looked like at birth would be relevant.” Read more…