As with most baby pics, there’s not much we can add to the latest photo of Blue Ivy Carter that Beyonce posted on her Tumblr this week. We’ll just say, “Thank you” to the proud mama, for sharing more cuteness — even if she never shows us little Blue’s face, and even though she and Jay-Z went to Bergdorf’s on Christmas Eve and forgot to buy us anything.
Jessica Simpson confirmed the pregnancy we pretty much all knew about already with a tweet yesterday that read, “Merry Christmas from my family to yours!” accompanying a deadly cute photo of 7-month-old daughter Maxwell Drew in front of the words “Big Sis” written in the sand. It by far surpasses Simpson’s “Mummy” tweet from last Halloween, and also makes us really wish she’d been able to break this news herself, rather than some “friend” who sold the story to Us weeks ago.
UPDATE: Weight Watchers also let Jessica announce her new pregnancy in a 30-second ad, released today. “Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby,” she says. (WW made sure to add a printed message on the ad that says, “Pregnant women are not eligible to join Weight Watchers. Jessica has stopped following the plan and intends to return after she gives birth.”)
The announcement made us think back to all the other varied ways in which celebrity moms announced their big news to the world in 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
Snooki’s “OMG! I’m Pregnant!” Us Weekly Headline: This is another one we pretty much already knew about before the story was published, but the fact that we could totally hear Snooki’s voice as we read that headline made it more unique than your typical pregnancy story sold to a tabloid.
Amber Rose Follows Beyonce’s Example: Following a couple of weeks of speculation, Amber accompanied Wiz Khalifa to the MTV VMAs this year in a lacy skintight gown and caressed her little bump on the red carpet, leaving no more doubt about their big news. Months later, it looked like Jenna Dewan-Tatum was doing the same red-carpet reveal in her flowy princess gown at VH1 DIVAS, but she and Channing Tatum decided to let us guess for a few more hours before going the typical publicist-to-magazine route. Read more…
After a confusing couple of weeks in which Chris Brown, Rihanna and Karrueche Tran sent all sorts of mixed messages about who was dating whom — really, you could have told us Rihanna and Karrueche were together and we would have believed it — RiRi and CB took their relationship to that favorite of celebrity PDA venues, a Lakers game. The singers reportedly arrived in the same car at the Lakers-Knicks game on Tuesday, entered separately, but then put their relationship on display in their courtside seats. Something about their expressions as the cameras snapped away still has us scratching our head, though. They appear to be laughing in that super fake way models do in catalog photo shoots, as if they’re doing it just for the sake of the cameras. Is this all part of their continuing effort to mess with our heads/show us how little they care what we think? Or maybe they really do amuse each other to the point of tilting their heads back and heartily “AHAHAHA”-ing. Take a look at the pics and tell us what you think.
We have long thought of Tyler Perry’s Temptation: Confessions of a Marriage Counselor as that movie Kim Kardashian went to film right after she announced her divorce from Kris Humphries (and also now as a movie whose title is really annoying to type out). But after watching the trailer, which premiered on Yahoo! yesterday, we are now thinking of it differently. Never mind that it opens with Kim reading a stiff line of dialogue and gracing the screen with her figure in a particularly snug white dress. We don’t even care much that Brandy and Vanessa Williams show their beautiful faces for a split second. This movie is all about Jurnee Smollett, whose moment of real stardom may have finally come (at the ripe old age of 26).
Some of you may remember Jurnee as little Denise from Full House and Hanging With Mr. Cooper. Or even as 10-year-old Eve from Eve’s Bayou. She impressed many with her skills in Denzel Washington‘s The Great Debaters. But some of us will always think of her as the fierce Jess Merriweather who taught Landry how to kick a ball and helped Vince put his mom in rehab on Friday Night Lights. With her warm brown eyes and expressive mouth, this beauty can make us cry and cower in the space of 10 seconds.
Now that she’s at the center of Perry’s latest work, playing a marriage counselor in a troubled marriage of her own while being relentlessy wooed by a social media mogul, we hope everyone gets clued in to Jurnee’s star power. We’ll know more when the movie comes out next March. Until then, here’s a look at Jurnee’s, um, journey, through the years:
The prohibitionists out there won’t agree with us, but we think Wiz Khalifa and Amber Rose sound like they’re going to be the most level-headed parents of their son when he’s born in a couple of months. When E! asked the green-minded rapper and his model fiancee what they plan to teach Junior about marijuana, they responded quite thoughtfully:
“I’m not going to be smoking right there over the baby, because smoke in general and being high is not good for a kid,” Khalifa said. “None of that. But definitely he’s going to know what it is — and he’ll know the difference between being a child and not being able to use it and being an adult and knowing how to use it.”
Amber added, “It’s just like alcohol, basically. That’s how I feel about it, you know. When you’re a kid, you know that you’re not supposed to drink alcohol, that it’s for adults and that’s it. Our son is just going to know that daddy likes to smoke.”
That sounds about right in a world where recreational weed consumption has just been legalized in Washington and Colorado, and daddy writes songs about the substance practically on a daily basis. Better to teach responsibility than hypocrisy (’cause face it, did that work out for YOUR parents?).
It’s been five years since the MTV Movie Awards had a female host (Sarah Silverman in 2007), but we think they’ll make up for lost time in 2013 when Rebel Wilson takes the stage. We’re thrilled, not only because it means that on April 14 we’ll get to see more of the kind of comedy the Aussie lady brought to the VMAs this year, but also because it means everyone’s onboard with what we posited last Friday: that the Pitch Perfect star was one of the rising celebrities who dominated 2012 and is on the verge of even bigger and better things in 2013.
She doesn’t get to do a whole lot in the first trailer for the show — the lines all go to Matt Lucas, the guy who played her brother in Bridesmaids — but it’s a good tease of what’s to come!
So folks at NASA and archaeologists and real news reporters are trying to tell everyone to simmer down about the apocalypse coming on December 21, because of science and stuff. But we’re beginning to suspect differently. Even if the Mayans themselves didn’t think the end of the 13th baktun (things we’ve learned this week!) didn’t actually meant the end of the world, we’ve noticed some signs that really, we should just give up and retreat to our bunkers right now. Let us count down our top 10:
10. Gossip Girl was Dan Humphrey all along! (And also, everyone on the island was dead!) Oof. The resolutions of series-long mysteries are never as good as we want them to be, probably much like the answers to life’s big questions. Bleh.
9. All the hip-hop greats are running corporations, starring on reality-TV shows or dating the stars of reality-TV shows. Not that they shouldn’t trade thug life for the good life, but did they have to sell their artistic souls in the process? Read more…
Wow, Weight Watchers was so mad about Jessica Simpson (allegedly) getting pregnant again, that they drove her out to the desert and left her there to starve! J/K. The day after Celebuzz reported that JSimps confirmed baby #2 to guests at her dad’s holiday party, the weight-loss company posted the singer’s latest ad on Youtube. Despite all those rumors that WW was pissed that she got knocked up again while under contract with them to lose all her baby weight before our very eyes, it seems like they’re making the most out of Jessica’s situation.
“I didn’t need to be perfect to get here, to lose over 50 pounds on Weight Watchers,” she says as she’s shown driving to the desert in a pickup truck. “I’m only human. I love food, I love life.”
Even the fact that she’s slimmer, but not Hollywood/pop-star skinny works to her advantage here. It all looks like a very calculated effort to make WW not seem like a diet, and more like an easy choice for regular folks who wear flannel shirts and don’t necessarily realize you can get pregnant so soon after having a baby. Hey, they’re only human.
Naturally, we have all sorts of reservations about embracing the Miss Universe pageant and all it represents — Donald Trump runs it, it sets a bad example for little girls about beauty mattering more than brains, and all that stuff. But today we’re putting those aside, because we really feel OK embracing the newly crowned Olivia Culpo, who came up from the ranks of Miss Rhode Island and Miss USA, actually seems like a pretty cool girl … in addition to being drop-dead gorgeous in a bikini and an evening gown, of course, and maybe possibly winning the heart of one Mr. Ryan Lochte. Here’s our logic:
1) She’s the first Miss USA to earn the title since 1997 and the first Miss Rhode Island to win it ever. We think New England deserves some good news this week.
2) She’s a music geek. She’s played the cello since age 6, performed at Carnegie Hall with a youth orchestra at age 12, and went to the same music camp (Brevard, in North Carolina) as some of our own friends. Watch her play a bit here.
3) Miss Rhode Island was the Boston University student’s first-ever pageant, and she entered it wearing a dress she rented for $20 on Rent the Runway.
4) She’s not fancy. She told Shape that her biggest craving during the Miss USA contest was peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.
5) She believes transgender women deserve to compete in the contest too. “I feel like in America, we all have the right to be happy and the right to live freely, so that’s how I stand on it,” she told BU Today. “It all goes back to the foundation of this country and freedom of choice.”
So, congrats, girl! We fully encourage you to celebrate your victory with a certain Olympic gold medalist soon — just ’cause we’d love to see those photos.
Sam’s gonna have your hide for this one, Jared: Twilight wolfpack member Bronson Pelletier was arrested at LAX yesterday and charged with misdemeanor public transportation, TMZ reports. According to the site, the 25-year-old actor was removed from a plane by police yesterday morning after it was determined he was too intoxicated to fly. He was then asked to wait in the terminal for a later flight, and the police left. Until, that is, he was found urinating by the gate. He was arrested at 2 p.m. and then released. Read more…