We’re sometimes under the illusion that motherhood has a calming effect on celebrities, making them less interesting to gossips and paparazzi. And then we remember Britney Spears (and, like, our own mothers). Nope, moms are people too, and that means they are bound to make their kids want to disown them. And the children of celeb moms have it even worse than the rest of us. This weekend gave us so many examples of things that would have made us stomp into our rooms, put on the “Keep Out!” sign and write frantically in our diaries how we would be the first documented case of dying of embarrassment.
1. Jessica Simpson wore this denim, snakeskin-patterned, ruffled tent to her baby shower. And still insists she’s having only one little girl.
2. Kris Jenner posted a photo of herself naked and pregnant with Rob Kardashian on her blog to wish him a happy birthday on Saturday. “Happy 25th birthday to my wonderful, handsome son, Rob!! Rob, you are the best son a mother could ask for and you make me proud every day. I love you so much!!”
Even Twilight fans have to admit that until the second half of Breaking Dawn, Bella’s heroism is mostly about self-sacrifice and getting the vampires and werewolves to fight for her. That’s kind of the fate of the typical fairy-tale princess, too. They’re selfless and determined, sure, but it’s the prince who always whips out his sword (sorry) and saves the day. That’s why we’re thrilled to see the opposite is true of Kristen Stewart’s princess in Snow White and the Huntsman, as far as we can tell from the brand-new trailer that premiered online this morning. Previous trailers showcased Charlize Theron’s pure evil and Chris Hemsworth’s conflicting motives (kill Snow White or stand by her side?), while KStew was a silent figure in the distance. Now, we get up close to the exiled princess, and finally hear her talk. And this looks like one fairy tale where it’s up to the girl to save the day.
“What does she want from me?” Snow White asks an unseen person. Here’s our first sample of Kristen’s English accent, which is neutral enough to fit our standard vision of what fairy-tale characters sound like without being distracting. We hate to see our heroine on her back, but her fierce expression suggests she won’t be prone for long.
In case you thought the interest for young-adult dystopian fiction was dying down, we present to you exhibit A: Gennifer Albin’s upcoming novel Crewel, which had seven agents scrambling to represent it, and five publishing houses fighting to buy it in a week. We won’t get to see the book itself until October 16, but we do have this unusual, brilliant cover to share with you. And a few words from Albin herself, who got on the phone with us from her home in Kansas to explain this bizarre “Mad Men meets Handmaid’s Tale Meets The Hunger Games” pitch we keep hearing.
“It’s set in a world where women are cultivated into these kind of femme-fatale types that weave the fabric of life,” Albin explained. “They are made to be these beautiful, deadly women that are then controlled by the all male government.”
Adelice, the 16-year-old at the center of the novel, has the talent needed to become one of these “Spinsters,” but her parents are determined to protect her from that fate. So, is this some kind of commentary on the fame and fashion industries? Not really. “But one of the reasons they are made to be beautiful is because in my perfect world the thing that would tempt me the most is being able to live a really glamorous lifestyle.”
Magazine interviews have to go through a whole lot of fact-checking and editing, so I’m pretty sure that Claire Hoffman was not just writing fiction as she described the setting of her interview with Drake for GQ‘s April cover story. But damn, it sounds like my fantasy: “Waterfalls gush all around, surging over enormous boulders. Bronze animals—lions, elephants, giraffes!—checker the lawn, glimmering in the last light of the San Fernando Valley sun. A giant fire, fit for a king from Middle-earth, burns in an outdoor fireplace, and a flat-screen TV plays Sixteen Candles.” Drake greets her from his couch, they drink wine spritzers, then he gives her a tour of his bedroom (which he has to punch in a key code on a bookshelf to enter!) and shows off the projector operated from his bed. This can’t be real! What did I do wrong in our careers not to be Claire Hoffman.
Oops, sorry, did I write that aloud? Anyway, we all benefit from Claire’s hard work. Because we find out that not only does the man know how to set up a ridiculously romantic date, he talks like a Ryan Gosling “Hey Girl” post, downplaying his interest in casual sex and talking about his search for something real.
“I’m trying to find the same feelings that I had for women when I had very little going on, which is tough,” he said. “When I was in my mom’s house, I had nowhere to go, no real obligations. My girlfriend at the time, if she was mad at me, my day was all f—ed-up.”
We’re not sure how to feel about the reports that Bobbi Kristina Brown and Nick Gordon, the 22-year-old Whitney Houston had taken in and called “god-son” since he was 12, have become something more than brother and sister. Since they’re not related, we shouldn’t care, right? But still, they grew up that way, and it must be confusing emotionally for both, especially as they mourn the loss of Whitney. Nick and Bobbi Kristina themselves seem to be flip-flopping on the issue.
Here’s what we know:
- Whitney took Nick in 10 years ago, when his mother was unable to take care of him (we don’t know why, exactly). She never officially adopted him, but she considered him a son, Whitney’s brother, Michael Houston, told ABC News.
- Back in November, Bobbi Kristina tweeted about “sleeping” with her “big brudder.” Which kind of sleeping?
- HollywoodLife.com reported last week that Bobbi Kristina and Nick were spotted kissing each other at a Target.
A year ago, we never would have thought we’d be writing about Lenny Kravitz and Wes Bentley in the same sentence. We honestly didn’t expect to be writing much about them at all, frankly. The superstar status Kravitz earned in the ’90s and early ’00s had calmed considerably, and Bentley never lived up to the next-big-thing hype he earned in American Beauty. But behold the miracle of The Hunger Games. Their brief but pivotal roles as stylist Cinna and Head Gamemaker Seneca Crane have made them the focus of a whole lot of attention, from teenage girls as much as a mature audience that appreciates their comeback.
If you’ve read Catching Fire, the Hunger Games sequel, you’ll know that Lenny and Wes’ characters have more in common than meets the eye, and they’ve got to be looking forward to their bigger roles in that film. So are we, of course. But for now, we’re going to look back, and try to determine which of these Capitol citizens is hotter. Peruse our little selection of photos and then vote! Poll closes at 2 p.m. ET on Friday.
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Yesterday, we expressed our disappointment in Russell Brand after seeing photographic proof that he grabbed a paparazzo’s iPhone and threw it through a window in New Orleans. But Russell doesn’t seem all that disappointed in himself. Quite the opposite actually.
“Since Steve Jobs died I cannot bear to see anyone use an iphone irreverently, what I did was a tribute to his memory,” he tweeted this afternoon. Well, we suppose if you’re going to behave badly, you might as well be funny about it. Kind of.
Previously: Russell Brand Has A Kanye/Chris Brown Moment With Pap’s Phone
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In Jeff, Who Lives at Home, Susan Sarandon plays a woman trying to get her grown son out of her basement. In real life, the actress is devoted to bringing an age-old basement sport, ping-pong, out into the open. She’s already the co-owner of the Manhattan ping-pong club SPiN, and last year she donated $98,500 to bring the sport to New York City public schools. But what about melding the pastime with her day job and making a movie?
“I have a script that might be done in September that someone came to me with, that I’m looking into,” she told VH1 News, describing the story as “The Karate Kid with ping-pong.” But this doesn’t sound anything like the last ping-pong movie to bounce off the screen, the critically panned Balls of Fury.
Kristen Stewart devotees and the rest of us who’ve been drawn in by what little we’ve seen of Snow White and the Huntsman are counting down the days until the next trailer airs during Monday’s installment of The Voice. But Universal was kind enough to tease it with a sneak peek of the sneak peek, released on YouTube yesterday, along with three behind-the-scenes videos of the flick, which also stars Charlize Theron as evil Queen Ravenna and Chris Hemsworth as the titular Huntsman. And it just made us want more. We narrowed our wishes down to five:
1. KStew’s English accent! We all know she got Robert Pattinson’s seal of approval, but we want to hear it for ourselves.
All this time we thought the set of Magic Mike, everyone’s favorite male stripper movie, was just a place of a lot of male bonding and pec flexing. But while Matthew McConaughey, Channing Tatum, Matthew Bomer and Joe Manganiello were off comparing their perfect abs, Alex Pettyfer was apparently romancing a certain female co-star, Riley Keough, a.k.a. Lisa Marie Presley’s daughter, a.k.a. Elvis Presley’s granddaughter. (We’re pretty sure that’s all printed on her business cards.) And now, six months later, these two beautiful specimens are engaged, a source confirmed to Us Weekly.
Congrats and also good job, both of you. Fresh off a couple of box-office disappointments (I Am Number Four and Beastly) Alex snags a role in a movie we refuse to believe will be anything but a masterpiece (even if we have to watch it on mute, we don’t care). And then he lands like, the equivalent of American royalty. Riley, a model whose acting career is just getting off the ground, lands a role that probably required a lot of very difficult staring at naked men and partying on the beach, and also walked away with a souvenir for life! We are totally objectifying both these actors, sorry. Magic Mike talk just does that to us.
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