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 …
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.
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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.” Read more…
Y’all know we love to share pics of scantily clad Coco as much as possible. And Ice-T’s bubbly wife, a self-proclaimed nudist, is clearly proud of her assets. But she’s also a budding fashion designer with a collection of more than 500 pairs of shoes. And as she said on Big Morning Buzz Live last week, her favorite place in the house is her closet. She even collects other people’s photos of their closets. (And if you want further proof of her obsession, watch this bonus clip from E!’s Ice Loves Coco.) So, of course, we had to know the details of the outfit she chose for her visit to VH1. Scroll down for more! Read more…
What a confusing night for New York basketball fans! While Knicks fans were anxious to see whether the miracle of Jeremy Lin was just a fluke and how he and Carmelo Anthony would work together, a certain New Jersey Nets co-owner and his wife took their seats courtside and watched their team win. Well, to those of us who are only marginally interested in sports, the appearance of Jay-Z and Beyonce at Madison Square Garden was nothing but a blissful occasion. The new parents looked comfortable and casual — with the exception of Beyonce’s Christian Louboutin-clad feet, which were fabulous and probably not so comfortable. Bey’s face was fresh and youthful, with barely a trace of makeup, highlighted by her simple, half-ponytail. And could those blue nails be her tribute to Blue Ivy, who was in the studio recording her first album at home with the babysitter while mom and dad slipped out for date night? Fashionbombdaily.com pointed out her Brooklyn Bridge ring, from nOIr, which is also pretty cool. Except for those of us who aren’t really so thrilled about that giant monstrosity of a new Nets stadium in our Brooklyn neighborhood … Let’s just look at the pretty shoes again, shall we?
The ads for This Means War don’t really do it any favors, we know. Yes, it is the silly action-rom-com it appears to be. And yes, it does feature the problematic premise that CIA guys can totally stalk women for fun. And some of Chelsea Handler’s lines are kind of cheesy. BUT they actually make you laugh in the context of the movie. Also, after spending five minutes with Tom Hardy’s character, you will not want him ever, ever to leave the screen again in the entire future of all film. And you will want to haveReese Witherspoon’s life and Chris Pine’s apartment for your very own. Part of the credit for the surprising likability of this McG movie goes to the stars, of course. And another part goes to costume designer Sophie De Rakoff, who’s designed the costumes for a number of Reese’s other movies, including a little one you may have heard of called Legally Blonde.
“Reese doesn’t ask for me, that’s not what she does,” De Rakoff explained to us. “People know that we have a relationship and that we work well together, and she looks good when I work with her, so that if the right movie comes along, then they’ll bring me in.”
We all know Nicki Minaj prides herself on her exaggerated style — and we’re not sure which came first, the Barbie nickname or her love of wearing Malibu Barbie pink clothing. So it wasn’t too surprising to see her pink and electic blue ensemble at last night’s MAC Viva Glam event. What was surprising, however, was to see a photo of Michelle Williams in a Christian Dior gown that was a very Barbie (or Barbz, for that matter) shade of pink at the Paris premiere of My Week With Marilyn. Three’s a trend, the saying goes, so we’re counting the news that Mattel is releasing 11-inch dolls modeled after the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge in April, to celebrate William and Kate’s first anniversary. Now, doesn’t that make it seem like, for one day at least, everyone was feeling a little nostalgic for their tiny plastic Corvette and miniature high heels and that dream house with the elevator that only one Barbie at a time could ride? Oh, and there were horses and dogs too, and a costume for every career in existence. Damn, Barbie had it all, didn’t she?
Woah. Sorry, for that tangent. Anyway, we’d like to pose this important question to you:
Everyone’s favorite tattooed Breaking Dawn-soundtrack-singingTwilight superfan Christina Perri stopped by the VH1 office yesterday to appear on Big Morning Buzz and chat about her Lovestrong tour, which touches down in Europe this week. She just announced a string of U.S. club dates for the spring, too. So, what does a jetsetting rising star wear about town? Scroll down to see her outfit in detail. Read more…
At this rate, the Nicki Minaj vs. Lil Kim beef could keep us entertained for years to come. The feuding hip-hop ladies both released singles this week, and Kim stopped by Bravo’s Watch What Happens Live, ostensibly to promote hers, “If You Love Me.” Of course, fellow guest Willie Geist asked what Kim thought of the Grammy performance by a “hip-hop artist who kind of rips off your style”? “Who?” Kim asked, sarcastically saying that it “slipped past” her. But then when host Andy Cohen said viewers sent in a number of questions about Nicki’s “Stupid Hoe” — assumed to be a direct dis of Kim — the Queen Bee got a little more direct.
“I’m pretty sure I feel the same way everybody else feels right about now,” she began. “If you have to make a song called ‘Stupid Hoe,’ you must be a stupid ho.” (And if you release a mixtape showing yourself sitting beside the disembodied head of your rival, what does that make you? Hmmm.)
In non-beef news, Kim shared a very sweet story about sitting next to Whitney Houston on an airplane and getting her ear talked off by the late diva.
This was my first year ever actually attending New York Fashion Week, and though I only attended a couple of shows (little obstacles like Whitney Houston and the Grammys), it was exhausting! I mean, looking at the fashion is great fun, but there’s a lot of shuffling around to and from the venues, wondering where you’re supposed to be, shoving yourself between people’s outlandish fur coats and giant bags, and worrying that someone who matters will think you’re wearing something hideous. That may just be my own neurosis. Anyway, for the fashion editors, photographers, models, designers and millions of employees who make their shows happen (the ironing, the lint-rolling, the getting models water while they’re getting their makeup done, the escorting of clueless bloggers through the backstage area), Fashion Week is a lot of work. But all so many people (us) seem to care about is which actors and reality TV stars are sitting in the front row. Oh well. Anyway, when I went to the Alice + Olivia presentation on Monday night, I asked a few celebrities what they got out of going to the shows.
Ahna O’Reilly, who’s been on all sorts of red carpets this year after co-starring in The Help, was enjoying her first ever Fashion Week. “If I could wear any of the clothes that I’ve seen today I would be a lucky girl,” she said, wide-eyed. “Before today, my experience with fashion was Project Runway, so I kind of feel like I am living my fantasy.”
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Kristin Chenoweth and Jennifer Aspen, who star in the upcoming comedy GCB together, have been photographed at practically every single show this week. And they had a very good reason: “You have to understand something: We are in love,” Aspen said. “We are it’s a little weird,” Chenoweth agreed. Read more…
Some of us who didn’t manage to tune into Oxygen’s Glee Project last summer (me) let out a collective gasp during last night’s Glee, when new student Joe Hart introduced himself to Mercedes’ God Squad. And I’m sure some of you who did watch the reality competition were jumping up and down with, well, glee at the sight of those piercing hazel eyes — it was Samuel Larsen, the other winner of the reality show (besides Damian McGinty, a.k.a. Rory Flanagan). And we have to agree with Quinn, his character reminded us a little of Jesus — the kind of Jesus (the barefoot, home-schooled, love everyone, singing kind) that could make a Jewish girl convert. So, when he took the lead on “Stereo Hearts” and sang to Rachel, we got a little worried for Finn, even though Joe and the God Squad were just delivering Finn’s singing telegram. I mean, if the guy can change our minds about dreadlocks, he certainly has a shot at changing Rachel’s mind, maybe just for a minute, about marrying Finn.
That, of course, got us thinking that we should put it to a vote. Given the choice between Sam, the California-born, 20-year-old musician whose real-life Christianity inspired Ryan Murphy to create Joe, and Cory Monteith, the 29-year-old Canadian who’s been praying to Grilled Cheesus and turning us to mush for two-and-a-half years now, who would you pick? Peruse this little gallery and vote!
Claire Sinclair, Playboy Playmate of 2011, spoke to E! Online yesterday to share the details of an altercation with now-ex-boyfriend Marston Hefner, Hugh Hefner’s 21-year-old son, that resulted in his arrest on Sunday night. The 20-year-old model said they had just moved into a new apartment in Pasadena, California, and that Marston was stressed out about it, but this wasn’t the first domestic dispute they’d had.
“We got into an argument about something really silly and it kind of escalated and it became violent,” she told E!, adding that he was “unstable” throughout the course of their relationship and inconsistently took his antidepressants. “Initially, he kicked me and I went backwards, I fell. Then he punched me and grabbed me up, and I scratched him to defend myself. It was very shocking.”
She showed the reporter a large bruise on her arm, saying Marston caused it by punching and grabbing her. Read more…