If there’s one man who really needs folks to come to his defense, it’s George Clooney. In some weird alternate universe, maybe. But anyway, we were a tiny bit surprised (but also nodding in half agreement), by what his Descendants co-star Judy Greer had to say about him losing the Oscar to Jean Dujardin. She was promoting her role in Jeff, Who Lives at Home, and though it was already weeks after the Oscars, we wanted to ask what she enjoyed most about the whirlwind of red carpets and interviews and fancy-dress parties that is awards season. And her answer was refreshingly frank.
“I thought I was going to say the Oscars were the highlight, but I was really disappointed that George didn’t win,” the Arrested Development alum told VH1 News. “I was disappointed that the movie didn’t win and Alexander as well, but I don’t know, I really thought George was going to win and thought he should have.”
We always wondered how a book about kids brutally murdering other kids on live TV would get a PG-13 rating in the U.S. Not to be too spoilery but there are some grisly deaths in The Hunger Games that gave us, full-grown adults, nightmares. And now it seems that initially,there were a few too many of those gory scenes for the U.K. version of the MPAA, the British Board of Film Classification, to deem it appropriate for kids under 15. The BBFC, which is a little more up-front about its rules than the legendarily mysterious MPAA, posted the changes that were made to bring the rating from 15 down to 12A, their version of PG-13. Apparently, Lionsgate UK showed the board an unfinished version and was advised on where to make “cuts and visual reductions.” The next version had made adjustments two “four scenes of violence and in one scene showing details of injuries. These reductions were implemented by a mixture of visual cuts, visual darkenings and the digital removal of sight of blood.” But that wasn’t enough: Seven seconds of one more scene needed to be changed to “reduce an emphasis on blood and injury.” They did so by “digitally removing sight of blood splashes and sight of blood on wounds and weapons.”
We have no idea if such changes were made to the American version as well. But wow, that’s a fascinating peek into what the experts deem OK for a 15-year-old versus a 12-year-old. Blood splashes! Now, we wonder how they felt about burns, tracker jacker stings and, eeeewwww, pus?
Such is our love for Russell Brand that we didn’t initially believe this story until we saw the whole thing playing out in photos, including the ones above. According to TMZ, photographer Timothy Jackson was in a car, snapping pics of Russell and lady friend Oriela Medellin Amieiro in New Orleans, who were in Brand’s Mustang. There were other photogs around, too, but Brand got out of his car, reached into Jackson’s and snatched the phone out of his hand. The photos show him dropping a phone on the ground. And then we see him standing as if he just tossed something in the air. According to the police report Jackson filed, he threw the phone through the (closed) window of a nearby building.
Oh, dear, Rusty. We know those paps can get annoying, but we’ve heard you talk a lot about how meditation has helped you get over a lot of things, including your many addictions. Sounds like you need a special mantra for this one. Imagine a warm light traveling over you, ignore its similarities to camera flashes, and accept it as public adoration rather than the prying eyes of the media. And when you figure that out, I think we know a celebrity or two who could use it as well (cough, Chris Brown, cough). Also, could you tell us more about Oriela? She seems like an interesting catch!
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“Are people disappointed that I’m not on fire?” Jennifer Lawrence joked to MTV’s Josh Horowitz on the red carpet of the world premiere of The Hunger Games in Los Angeles on Monday night. Nope. Not at all! We were dazzled by the young actress’ choice of super-shiny gold Prabal Gurung gown with sexy side and back cutouts. It hugged her curves and made her pose with confidence — almost as if she were already exiting the arena, triumphant. We also love how her smokey eye makeup and neutral lip color make her look like an ’80s glamazon. But all that stature, the screaming fans, and the endless praise from her co-stars and director didn’t stop the girl who was on fire from being the girl who jokes about herself and says things like “it’s so nice of them!” of the fans. “I never fully absorb anything,” she joked of all the hubbub over the movie. Sometimes, she couldn’t be less like Katniss Everdeen if she tried … and we mean that in the nicest way. Come back soon for plenty more photos and interviews from the red carpet!
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So, last week, Jon Hamm lamented to Elle U.K. that “being a f—ing idiot is a valuable commodity in this culture because you’re rewarded significantly.” And the Mad Men star specifically called out Paris Hilton and Kim Kardashian as examples of “stupidity” being celebrated. Today, Kim struck back, tweeting:
“I just heard about the comment Jon Hamm made about me in an interview. I respect Jon and I am a firm believer that everyone is entitled to their own opinion and that not everyone takes the same path in life. We’re all working hard and we all have to respect one another. Calling someone who runs their own businesses, is a part of a successful TV show, produces, writes, designs, and creates, ‘stupid,’ is in my opinion careless.”
Ooooh, burn, Don Draper. She respects you but thinks you’re careless. Oh, come on, Kim! You are making our jobs difficult here! Can’t you call him better names? Mock his basic cable pay? Wonder how he qualifies as smarter than you, since his job is to pretend sleep with a lot of women and basically be objectified by ladies on a weekly basis? Seriously, guys. You’re leaving all the good beefs to the Mob Wives and rappers. We bet Peggy Olsen and Roger Sterling would have awesome comebacks up their sleeves.
Readers, would you care to craft something for our imaginary battle between Jon and Kim?
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There are so many reasons for Hunger Games fans to break out the goat cheese and fresh-baked bread today! First of all, tonight’s the premiere, and
your favorite professional fans VH1 News will be there, so tweet us your questions for Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and the rest @TheFablife or write them in the comments below. Also, there’s a brand-new clip on MTVNews.com today: Peeta Mellark’s (Hutcherson) momentous interview with Caesar Flickerman (Stanley Tucci). Unlike last week’s clip of Cinna and Katniss, this one’s quite faithful to the book. Those of us who have it memorized can appreciate the nuances of Josh’s performance. We studied it closely and decided Peeta could teach a course or two in public relations. Here’s how he won the audience over, in 10 faces or less.
1. Begin with a carefree smile. The Games are the farthest thing from your mind.
After being hospitalized twice following Whitney Houston’s death, it sounds like Bobbi Kristina Brown is dealing with the loss of her mother in a much more serene way, judging by her interview with Oprah for last night’s Oprah’s Next Chapter. “I’m doing as good as I possibly can at this point. I’m just trying to keep going,” the 19-year-old said. “I can hear her voice telling me, ‘Keep moving, baby. I got you.’ She’s always with me. I can always feel her with me.”
Oh, OK. That’s good. We know the feeling … that the memories of our dead loved ones live on in us, right?
“I feel her pass through me all the time. I wake up at night,” she went on. Oh, wait, she’s talking literally. Whitney is still hanging out with her daughter in their Atlanta home, and making her wake up at 5 a.m. to pray (which is kinda mean, Whit. Can’t you let her sleep in? She’s had a rough time of it!). “Lights turn on and off and I’m like, ‘Mom, what are you doing?’ I can still laugh with her and still talk to her.”
Well, we’re happy she’s laughing, at least. And hoping that the ghost of Whitney does not become the stage-mom type, and not the other person in the “we” Bobbi Kristina spoke of when she told Oprah of her plans to carry on her mom’s legacy: “We’re gonna do the singing thing. Some acting, some dancing.”
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What’s that, Unicorn? Heather Morris was probably possessed by the spirit of her less-than-genius alter-ego Brittany S. Pierce when she snapped nude pics of herself and sent them to someone? Maybe. I mean, we’re not the devoted investigators who endeavored to prove that those are Olivia Munn’s privates that were leaked from a hacked phone last week, so we don’t really feel qualified to judge whether these latest photos are all of the Glee star.
But we’ll make a few points so that you can come to your own conclusions:
- Some of the photos, in which she’s wearing some clothing, are obviously Heather. She’s even wearing her costume from last year’s Britney Spears episode in one of them.
- Heather’s got a slamming body, which she’s got no reason to hide.
- She was definitely the model for these professionally shot nude photos that leaked in 2010. One of those is even a similar pose to a recent one.
So, some other news outlets forked out a bunch of cash to get pics of Jessica Biel’s giant, vintage-looking, square-cut rock that she finally wore out to lunch after leaving at home for months. (Was she getting it repaired or something?) We’ll let you take a second to go peep it. OK, now that was not nearly enough goofing off for a lazy winter Friday, so we cooked up another time sucker for you, one we’re calling Guess the Celeb Rock! Now quick, don’t peek at the thumbnails below before you click on the first pic and guess the famous fiancee that ring finger belongs to. The weekend is almost here. Weeeeeee!
We’re pretty worried about the news that Tristan Wilds will be missing four episodes of 90210 because he is suffering from a “serious illness,” according to E! Online. We don’t know what he’s sick with, but the site says his character Dixon’s absence will be explained by another music tour.
The 22-year-old actor probably deserves a little break too. Since he got his start in the Ryan Gosling indie Half Nelson, he’s been working pretty steadily. He played Michael Lee on The Wire and then Zach on The Secret Life of Bees before moving on to his soapier gig on 90120. In December, he returned to the big screen as a Tuskegee Airman in Red Tails.
We thought he — and his fans — could probably use some cheering up while he lies low, so here are 10 pics of Tristan’s dazzling smiles.
[Photos: Getty Images, The CW]