Is there a plot to John Carter? Probably. Is it what will ultimately draw many of us to the theater next weekend? Probably not. I mean, it’s probably got some good qualities, being based on an Edgar Rice Burroughs series, with all sorts of cool themes about underdogs and oppression. But let’s be realistic. They put Taylor Kitsch in that very impractical nipple-baring breastplate/harness thing for a reason, and that reason is not character development. BUT! This is not to say that we completely objectify the man who will always be #33 for us. On Friday Night Lights, Kitsch won us over with his vulnerable performance as much as with that heartstopping smile. And we’re just waiting to see how his new career as an action star, which continues later this year with Battleship, will play out.
Even though he told MTV News that he feels awkward about being a heartthrob, we kind of couldn’t help putting together this little countdown of his 20 hottest looks. It was a tough job to do, but you’re welcome.
After so many Hunger Games trailers and TV spots that have just given us glimpses of the same handful of scenes, Lionsgate has at last given us a peek at a new one — one of my favorites. It’s when Katniss presents her skills to the Gamemakers, who will give her a score designed to entice or deter sponsors for the tributes going into the games. Here’s how Suzanne Collins describes it:
“It’s excellent shooting. I turn to the Gamemakers. A few are nodding in approval, but the majority of them are fixated on a roast pig that has just arrived at their banquet table. … Suddenly I am furious, that with my life on the line, they don’t even have the decency to pay attention to me. That I’m being upstaged by a dead pig.”
Sure, Katniss often conflicted and insecure when it comes to her interviews and her later confrontations in the arena, but with a bow and arrow in hand, in the face of Seneca Crane (Wes Bentley) and his silly Capitol colleagues, the girl is formidable. And we love seeing this come to life for the movie. Read more…
So, we’re still not hearing anything official about whether or not Snooki is pregnant, but TMZ claims to have one more small tip-off that she’s got a tiny ciabatta roll in the oven. No, not a sudden shortage of pickles in the Tri-state area. But Jersey City store Bambi Baby reportedly told the site that Jersey Shore production company 495 Productions asked them “within the last few weeks” for permission to shoot in their store, presumably for Snooki and JWoww’s upcoming spinoff. After some initial hesitation, the owner agreed, TMZ reports.
OK, we’re still not calling this proof. Snooki and JWoww have been photographed all over Jersey City buying furniture for their new apartment. We especially like the zebra-print armchair we saw delivered to their home the other day. So maybe Snooki will be seen wandering into the store, contemplating whether she could save some cash by buying child-size beds? Interestingly, Bambi Baby’s furniture collection, at least online, seems a little too traditional for the guidette’s taste. But you never know, motherhood changes people.
Nick Cannon says he “feels blessed to be alive” after experiencing kidney failure and a blood-clot scare over the past few months, but the condition that landed him in the hospital and caused him to quit his radio show is chronic, he told People. Doctors told him he has an autoimmune disease similar to lupus that caused his kidney infection, and the blood clots found in his lungs were a result of the infection.
“The blood clot thing was probably the scariest because … I’ve known people who have passed away from that,” he told the magazine on Wednesday, when he was deejaying at New York’s Teqa Restaurant and Tequila Bar.
Clearly, Cannon is slowing down for his health, but not stopping altogether. He took the above photo high atop the Golden Gate Bridge last week. “Since I defied death once I figured I might as well do it again!” he tweeted of the adventure. “I’m not in the hospital I’m on the top of the world! Excuse me while I kiss the sky.”
Whoa, guys. Maybe we drank Matt Lauer’s Kool-Aid, but we’re finding ourselves completely blown away by Lindsay Lohan’s interview on Today this morning. Disconcerting plastic surgery and bangs aside, Lindsay looked poised, confident and just the right amount of humbled as she spoke openly about the past couple years and how she plans to rehabilitate her image after feeling like she’s rehabilitated her self.
“This last whirlwind of experiences this past year and a half, I’ve kind of just taken a step back and been like, I’m not doing what I love to do and I need to find a way to find that balance again,” she said. As if she were speaking before a judge, or maybe a casting director, Lindsay repeated how much she wants to work again and acknowledged that she has to do a lot to make people want to hire her.
“I think that takes time. It takes actions. I need to go through the process of proving myself. With SNL, with being on time, keeping my … stuff together,” she said, admitting that she emailed Lorne Michaels repeatedly to convince him to have her host this week’s episode. Read more…
We didn’t realize we’d been holding our breath until we read this line — “I’ve just had the opportunity to see the finished film of The Hunger Games. I’m really happy with how it turned out.” — and let out a sigh of relief. Author Suzanne Collins had a whole lot of other nice things to say about the movie on the official Hunger Games Facebook page today.
“The film opens up the world beyond Katniss’ point of view, allowing the audience access to the happenings of places like the Hunger Games control room and President Snow’s rose garden, thereby adding a new dimension to the story,” Collins wrote, calling the film “faithful” and “complementary” to her books. “It’s amazing to see things that are suggested in the book fully developed and so brilliantly realized through the artistry of the designers.” Read more…
So, people are kind of freaking out over the report from the New York Post this morning that Rihanna spent $24,000 to fly her hairstylist from L.A. to London because her hair was messed up. OK, yes, that is a lot of money. And we’re sure they have hairstylists in London. BUT, when you consider the details, this really isn’t all that shocking. First, we’re talking about Rihanna, whose every haircut and outfit change becomes a headline, for better or worse. And the girl knows that appearing in a cap for two days in a row is not doing wonders for her image (nor is that all-denim outfit, my dear, fyi). Second, this isn’t just any old barber. This is Ursula Stephen, the woman who created “The Rihanna” cut back in 2008 and has been partially responsible for making RiRi as much a style icon as she is a pop star. According to the Post, the newly blond bombshell experienced a lapse in judgment (not her first in recent weeks, ahem) and subjected her locks to a swimming pool, a steam room and a sauna, resulting in a matted, tangled mess. She probably tried very hard to fix it herself — much the way we’ve botched many a bang trim on our own — before giving in and calling Ursula. And we doubt this is the first time Ms. Stephen has had to make an emergency house call, either. Just look at this video from Essence about how much stars depend on her expertise.
And anyway, do we really want to live in a world where we don’t have Rihanna’s myriad hairstyles to brighten our day? She’s doing a service for us all, frankly.
When I turned 18, I got a pair of Rollerblades and a pack of cigarettes. And wow, times have changed. For his 18th birthday, Justin Bieber got a Fisker Karma, an electric sports car that costs upwards of $100,000. But rather than be jealous, we’re kind of touched by the gift — because of the meaningful way Bieber’s manager Scooter presented it to him on Ellen, in an episode that will air today.
We Hunger Games fans have been lapping up every cast interview, reblogging every Capitol Couture Tumblr post and dog-earring the pages of our favorite scenes just to bide the time until March 23, but the days just aren’t moving fast enough, are they? Thankfully, there are other distractions at hand, like all the other excellent dystopian novels we’ve recommended to you. Today marks the release of another: Pandemonium, the sequel to Lauren Oliver’s Delirium — and it’s guaranteed to replace, at least temporarily, the visions of Katniss and Peeta running through your head.
Second books of trilogies, I think, are the most torturous things. You already love the characters, you’ve already seen them go through so much, and you know that by the end of this installment, their situations will only have worsened in preparation for book three. But in the right hands, it can be sweet torture, the stuff we know our heroine can survive and come out of even stronger, just as Katniss did after her second Hunger Games.
In Delirium, we met Lena, a girl who was counting down the days until her 18th birthday, when she’d receive the Cure, an operation to remove her susceptibility (and ability) to love, a.k.a. deliria, a known and feared disease. But then she met Alex, a boy who opened her eyes and … OK, if you haven’t read Delirium, stop reading this post now. SPOILERS after the jump. Read more…
Davy Jones, the lead singer of the Monkees, died this morning in a Florida hospital of heart failure, TMZ reports. He was 66. At least two generations will mourn the passing of the adorable, Manchester, England-born singer, who joined the made-for-TV group in 1965. The Monkees originally aired on NBC from 1966-1968, but many of us got hooked on it when MTV picked up the series in the ’80s. We perfected our monkey walk in the playground and hummed along to the same sugary pop songs our parents listened to as teens.
Jones, Mike Nesmith, Peter Tork and Mickey Dolenz all auditioned for the group, the brainchild of TV execs who wanted to cash in on the popularity of the Beatles’ movie, Hard Days Night. And though they eventually took creative control of their music, the quartet endured endless criticism for their manufactured origins. Still, “Daydream Believer,” “Last Train to Clarksville” and “I’m a Believer” were genuine #1 hits. And we’re pretty sure that success directly lead to the copycats of the modern era, from the Spice Girls to O-Town to — why not? — American Idol.
Jones started off as an actor, appearing on the British soap Coronation Street at age 11, and also trained to be a jockey. In 1964 he was a member of the Broadway cast of Oliver!, which visited the Ed Sullivan Show the same day the Beatles made their debut on it. After The Monkees, he continued to act in TV guest spots.
Jones is survived by his third wife, Jessica Pacheco, and four daughters from previous marriages.