The fact that Gabrielle Union is going to turn 40 this year and still looks like the fresh-faced cheerleader we remember from Bring It On is enough to make us a wee bit green. Still, we’re very happy for the lovely, smart actress, who makes her second appearance in a Tyler Perry film with Good Deeds, opening today. When she stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live today, she said that dating Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade hasn’t tempted her to join the cast of Basketball Wives anytime soon. But after seeing what she wore here, we hope she doesn’t stay too far from the VH1 offices for long.
Lucy Lawless and six other Greenpeace activists have been high atop a tower on the oil tanker Noble Discoverer for almost 24 hours now, hoping to keep the Shell-contracted ship in its New Zealand port instead of heading to the Arctic. And despite the cold weather and daunting heights, and of course, the threat of arrest, the actress sounds every bit as fierce as the Warrior Princess character that made her a household name — in a peaceful way, of course.
“On watch. Pretty chilly but wind has died down. Can’t imagine being on this tub in the Arctic circle. These guys must freeze #savethearctic,” she tweeted, before urging protesters across the globe to remember the environmental organization’s nonviolent mission. “I hear there are protests at Shell Stns in Europe. Remember, we must be instruments of Peace. #savethearctic.”
In a blog post for Greenpeace, she admitted that the climb wasn’t a picnic. “I’m safe, I’m ok, my carabiners are sound, but it was pretty scary! I think I’d rather be home with a latte, but I don’t feel that I had a choice,” she wrote. “Clearly in a cost/benefit analysis, Shell reckons that an Arctic spill is an acceptable risk to them. But make no mistake, due to the harshness and remoteness of the Arctic environment, an oil spill up there will make the Gulf of Mexico look like a children’s party.”
I’m pretty sure, back during Cannes last year, or whenever it was when people started talking about some French, silent, black-and-white movie about the glory days of silent, black-and-white movies, I’m not the only one who put The Artist near the bottom of my list of movies I should probably check out because they’re good for me, somewhere between the Republican presidential debates and those Michael Pollan books I bought that one time. And now, here we all are, counting it as one of the few nominated movies that’s actually fun to watch, without being all maudlin and important. And some of us have kind of been wishing more of next year’s movies would take a hint: Be entertaining! Let lesser-known actors have a chance! And oh, use more dogs! Above, you’ll find the amazing work of our Best Week Ever colleagues, who watched thousands (maybe) of hours of dog movies to find the performances that match up to Uggie’s brilliance and deserve our first ever WAG Awards. Grab a tissue or 100 for that In Memoriam section.
And below, our friends at NextMovie took their Artist-ic inspiration in another direction, re-imagining all the other Best Picture nominees as black-and-white, silent films with that really silly old-timey music. George Clooney’s Descendants running scene never looked so funny.
As Chris Brown continues his Twitter battles with the likes of Miranda Lambert and WWE heavyweight champ CM Punk, and Rihanna’s dating status is being debated — is she with Rob Kardashian, as Media Takeout purports, or is she considering reuniting with Chris, as TMZ says? — a lot of conversations we had back in 2009, after his brutal assault on her, are also resurfacing. After they dropped two collaborations on Rihanna’s birthday Monday, we decided to ask a couple of experts on domestic violence to answer the question burning in our minds: Is it possible that Chris has reformed, as he claims, and that a renewed relationship (friends or more) is not the crazy bad idea some think it is?
“We have to believe that there is opportunity for people to change, but it does not happen on its own. It requires a lot of work and the person has to want to change that behavior,” said Marjorie Gilberg, executive director of Break the Cycle, an organization that tries to teach both young victims and abusers how to change the patterns of violence in their lives. And while she believes change is possible, particularly in someone so young, Brown’s “outbursts” on Twitter and elsewhere aren’t great evidence that he’s done so. “I also think it’s not that probable that he would be able to have a healthy relationship with Rihanna, because they already have a pattern of communication and behavior. It’s difficult to change once you get in to that routine of it.
“I hope that they both can heal from it, and I hope that they can have healthier and happier relationships for the rest of their lives because they’re both very young,” Gilberg added. “I wouldn’t suggest that it was the greatest idea to have that relationship with one another.”
Daniel von Bargen, 61, a character actor most known for playing Mr. Kruger on Seinfeld and Chief Grady in Super Troopers, is in critical condition in a Cincinatti hospital after shooting himself in the head on Monday. This is sad news in and of itself, of course. But what’s making it even sadder is the six-minute-plus 911 call TMZ obtained. We would really, really like to unhear it now.
To spare you from the same, we’ll just recap it right here and then you can avoid it at all costs: Von Bargen says he shot himself in the temple with a 38, five to 10 minutes before calling. The operator asks a number of questions and apparently wants to keep him talking until the EMTs get there. Von Bargen says he won’t be able to get to the door and he can’t open his eyes. He admits to shooting himself on purpose because he was supposed to go to the hospital where they were going to remove “at least” a few toes. He is a diabetic and “not a good one.” His other leg has already been amputated and he sounds depressed about having no children or life. The police arrive and first make sure that he does not have his hands near the gun. Then the call ends. We’ll keep you updated on news of his condition.
Anyone else starting to wish 911 calls weren’t available for public consumption?
[Photo: G.I. Jane, courtesy Caravan Pictures]
“I put together this outfit because I thought, ‘OK, I want to be comfortable, I’m doing a lot of work today, going to a lot of different media things. I’m traveling around in a van,” Adam Lambert explained to us when he stopped by the VH1 offices recently. As he gets ready for the release of his sophomore album, Tresspassing, the star has become much more practical, style-wise, as compared to his glam-rock post-Idol days. But that doesn’t mean he’s not thinking about fashion. Scroll down to see the details of his media-day look (which, for any regular guy, would be just fine for a night on the town), and we’ll tell you what he’s wearing.
Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. We’ve looked at Berenice Bejo’s and Shailene Woodley’s big moments so far, and now it’s time for one of the year’s most welcome surprises …
Who: Melissa McCarthy
What she did before 2011: A whole lot, actually. The Groundlings alumna was a cult fave as Sookie on Gilmore Girls and a co-star on Samantha Who? before landing the lead role as a fourth-grade teacher who falls in love at Overeaters Anonymous in CBS’ Mike & Molly in 2010. That little gig won her the Emmy last year, and her acceptance speech was one of the highlights of this long awards season.
So, it was just announced today that the stars and director of The Hunger Games are embarking on an eight-city mall tour across the country, beginning in Los Angeles on Saturday, March 3. And we’re not sure what to think of this news. On the one hand, yay! Jennifer Lawrence, Josh Hutcherson, Liam Hemsworth and/or their tribute frienemies will maybe be coming to your town to answer your questions in person. On the other hand, well, the thought of these young stars being ferried from town to town and presented in front of crowds sounds kind of SPOILER …
… like Katniss and Peeta’s victory tour. Except it will be done in malls instead of in town squares. And they’re probably traveling by plane, not fancy futuristic trains. And the masses there to greet them won’t be forced to attend against their will (unless you’re counting unwilling parents or significant others who don’t know what they’re missing). And they won’t be starving people about to start an uprising against the government. But yeah, other than those things, it’s eery. Actually, we’d love it if Lionsgate brought some movie magic to an event like this — perhaps for Catching Fire? — and made a full-on Panem experience for the die-hard fans. You’d have to fast for a day before attending, and dress in drab, post-apocalyptic clothing, and be pushed around by angry guards. Hmmm. Maybe there’s a reason they don’t hire us to organize these things.
Anyway here’s the list of dates. Don’t forget to wear your Mockingjay pins!
We have a theory: Adele and the Brit Awards producers must have known that no one would treat “Adele wins” as a big headline-worthy deal this week, after she swept the Grammys last week. So they purposely cut her off during her acceptance speech, and she flipped them the bird. Yep. That worked! The triumphant songstress’ middle finger livened up her otherwise risk-free appearance, but other stars at last night’s show let their gowns (or lack thereof) do the talking. For her performance, Rihanna switched out her breathtaking, beaded gold gown for a sweatshirt and some boxer brief. Jessie J flashed us her underpants through a gauzy, flamenco-style red gown. And Florence Welch looked a bit like wild animals tried to rip her dress off her — but the look kind of worked on the energetic singer. It was a night when risks paid off, after all.
Check out the looks that wowed us, and a few that we’d like to splash with some of Coldplay’s Day-Glo paint, just to liven things up a bit.
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Awards season has long been the perfect time for the movie industry’s fresh faces to gain exposure at movie premieres, on red carpets and in a barrage of print and TV interviews. Often, it’s when we first become aware of young actresses, like Oscar nominees Hailee Steinfeld and Jennifer Lawrence last year. This year, it’s not just teenagers catching our eye; a few ladies who’ve been around for decades are finally getting their due as well. All week long, we at TheFablife are saluting these women and looking forward to what they’ll bring us after the last statuettes are handed out on Sunday. Berenice Bejo kicked things off yesterday, and now we turn to …
Who: Shailene Woodley
What she did before 2011: Shailene was a pro before she turned 10, landing a number of guest roles before playing Kaitlin Cooper in The O.C. (she was later replaced by Willa Holland because, in her words, she didn’t hit puberty soon enough). Since 2008 she’s been starring as the original Teen Mom, Amy Jeurgens in ABC Family’s The Secret Life of the American Teenager.
Why we’re paying attention now: As George Clooney’s daughter Alex in The Descendants, she manages to be a smart-ass teen and a mature, relatable girl as she learns her mother isn’t going to come out of a coma. We dare you not to sob during her underwater scene.
“She’s not just a really great actress,” Clooney told VH1 at the CCMAs. “She’s like a really normal smart young woman. I’m really impressed with her.”