Over the weekend, Selena Gomez posted an Instagram photo of a hand wearing what looks like a diamond-studded “J” ring and being held by another hand — obvs we think it’s Justin Bieber holding her hand and the sparkly thing he bought her for Valentine’s Day. Her caption says, “I’m finally home : )”
And of course, people instantly wanted to know if the ring is some kind of promise ring, or … an engagement ring? Relax, people. It’s a difficult angle to tell for sure, but the ring is either on her right hand or on the middle finger of her left hand. And also, it’s a freaking J. We know they’re young, but we really don’t think they’d get engaged with an initial like that. But! It is a sweet gift for V-Day, and also we assume she means “home” literally, not in that mushy “Justin Bieber is my home” way, because she played her last tour date on Saturday. Now, she wrote in Facebook, she’s going to be taking a break from performing with her band the Scene and instead concentrate on her acting.
And in case you didn’t get enough celebrity romance yesterday, here, again, is a gallery of adorable famous couples being adorable.
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Happy Valentine’s Day! Or not, depending on how you feel about the holiday. And listen, we know there are a lot of singletons out there who are not so pleased about how much we in the media focus on this holiday. But we can’t help it, OK? We cover divorces and breakdowns and deaths and fights all the time, and it’s really nice to have a day that’s all about the important things in life. (No, not the unveiling of the Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue, though that’s nice too.) We just really want to escape from it all and look at Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez nuzzling each other. We would like to soak in the happiness that is Adam Lambert and Sauli Koskinen’s love, bask in Jay-Z and Beyonce’s adorable glory, shiver with delight at the perpetual hotness of Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart, and marvel at the lasting power of Will and Jada Pinkett Smith. We are hoping some of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt’s world-saving affection will rub off on us. And we’re even going to allow for some admiration of Tom Brady and Gisele Bunchen, football loyalties aside.
But here’s some good news for you black-hearted V-day haters: The last time we did a best couples gallery, back in December, one of those couples announced their divorce a few days later. Oh, no! What have we done?!?
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After The Artist won seven of the top prizes at Sunday’s BAFTAs, we were pretty much ready to put all our money on the black-and-white silent French film to take home Oscar gold at the end of the month. But last night’s victory for the movie made our decision final: Uggie won the first ever Golden Collar Award for Best Dog in a Theatrical Film. Well, duh. We’re pretty sure that Dog News Daily came up with the idea for the awards show (held at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza in Century City, California) when the 10-year-old Jack Russell terrier got onstage at the Golden Globes and stole the show.
Anyway, if the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and the BAFTAs are well-known predictors for Oscar glory, then this new ceremony is surely nipping at their heels. And that apparently has Hugo director Martin Scorsese worried. He (jokingly, we think) launched a successful campaign to get his movie’s Doberman pincher Blackie a last-minute nomination.
Note to American parents, if you want your children to be competitive with in the world 2012 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model Kate Upton may have a lesson for you. After being the magazine’s Rookie of the Year in 2011, the 19-year-old beat all those gorgeous foreigners to take the cover, which hits newsstands today. In her video profile on SI.com, as she poses seductively in the sand, she tells us in voice-over how she got there: “If I got the cover, I would be so excited. It’s always what I talked about. I grew up in an American family, it always was on the coffee table. And to be that girl on the magazine on the coffee table would be really groundbreaking for me.”
Um, so yeah, America. Leave copies of magazines featuring scantily clad ladies around the house, and your daughters will grow up to be supermodels who may or may not be dating New York Jets quarterbacks. (Thanks a lot, Mom and Dad, for leaving The New Yorker and National Geographic around our living room. Geez.)
On Monday night, a tired-looking Cissy Houston rode in a red Mercedes from New Jersey’s Teterboro Airport to the Whigham Funeral parlor in Newark, followed by a hearse containing the remains of her daughter, Whitney Houston, the New York Daily News reports. Video from The Associated Press shows the hearse backing up to the funeral home as hometown fans call out to the late diva, who died in her Beverly Hills Hotel room at age 48 on Saturday night.
A massive public funeral is planned to take place at Newark’s Prudential Center, the paper reports, possibly on Friday.
In other morbid Houston news, TMZ obtained photos of the hotel room, taken after her body was removed from the scene. One shows a table full of room service food, a can of Heineken and an empty champagne glass. It is thought that Houston died of a combination of alcohol and prescription drugs, though toxicology tests have yet to be completed.
While the world wonders whether there was some way the tragic death of Whitney Houston could have been prevented, and there seems to be some dispute over whether Demi Moore is in rehab at Cirque Lodge or somewhere else, we consumers and producers of the fame machine are forced to stop and think a bit. How much of celebrities’ troubles are our fault? Or would they have the same troubles if we weren’t reading and writing about them? And at the same time, we’re still wondering: How can we read and write more about these celebrities and their troubles?
Well, we can either get all depressed by all this soul-searching, or we can do what I always do: Escape into a book about someone else’s soul searching. The new novel Spin, by Canadian author Catherine McKenzie, is kind of perfect for this occasion. It starts off all lighthearted and chick-lit: Kate Sandford lands an interview for her dream job writing at a music magazine, but she goes out partying to celebrate her 30th birthday the night before and shows up at the interview drunk. And yeah, doesn’t get the job. But weeks later, the editor of the magazine offers a second chance … with a catch. They want Kate to use her visible alcohol problem in order to get into the extremely secluded rehab facility where A-list starlet Amber Sheppard has just been admitted. If she befriends Amber and writes an expose for the magazine’s sister gossip rag, then she might also land her dream job after all. Of course, there are complications with this plan, ones Kate doesn’t even think of until she’s committed to 30 days in the Cloudspin Oasis.
We totally get what Taylor Swift and the Civil Wars are going for in the “Safe & Sound” video that premiered on MTV and VH1 tonight. The song is the first single off the Hunger Games soundtrack, and its mournful, folk-country sound, produced by T-Bone Burnett, perfectly evokes District 12, which we assume was once West Virginia. There’s even coal smoke rising in the distance. But avid Hunger Games fans will easily realize one thing: Taylor Swift, while appearing to be the protagonist of her own film, is certainly no Katniss Everdeen.
Hear us out: In the video, Taylor wanders around the woods, barefoot, in a simple but pretty white dress, hugging her body and singing. Do you know who never sang after her father died? Katniss. And she knew the value of good shoes, too. She wouldn’t risk maybe stepping on some glass (or the rusty nails Taylor later steps around) and cutting her foot, which would leave her unable to hunt to feet her mom and Prim. Taylor also lies around on the ground and sits on a coffin — acting a lot like Katniss and Prim’s depressed mother. And toward the end of the video is the ultimate non-Katniss moment: She looks straight at a deer and doesn’t try to kill and eat it. Oh, man, that would piss off Gale!
The fact that the British Film and Television Awards took place on the same day as the Grammys probably only annoys folks like us, who would really like to be giving both events our full attention. And so it goes that we basically ignored the U.K.’s Oscars, missing adorable speeches from The Artist’s Jean Dujardin and Michel Hazanavicius (whose Best Actor and Best Director wins were two of seven awards for the film), and not catching that cute moment in which Best Actress winner Meryl Streep lost her shoe climbing the stairs to the stage and Colin Firth ran to get it for her and place it on her feet. Until now, of course. On the red carpet, there were a handful of A-listers, a few Mad Men and Downton Abbey faves, and a lot of Brits that haven’t fully crossed over to the states yet. To our slight disappointment, there weren’t too many total fashion fails, but we managed to find a few (Oh, Christina Hendricks, why must you do that to your body?). Mostly, though, we saw some sexy strutting from the likes of Viola Davis, Christina Ricci and Brad Pitt. See for yourself who was hot, and who was just a hot mess, in the gallery below.
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We certainly would never want folks at the Grammys to go all Oscars sophisticated in the style department. We like our musicians unpredictable. At the same time, we feel really bad for any short person stuck sitting behind the massive hairstylings of Diana Ross or Corinne Bailey Rae. And we are not entirely sure we want Katy Perry’s match-your-hair-to-your-dress thing to catch on; that just seems exhausting. For better or worse, there was a lot of hair to marvel at last night. Paris Hilton and Taylor Swift had beautiful buns (HAIR buns, people!). Kelly Rowland’s ponytail brought out her eyes. Adele updated her style for her dramatic return to the stage. Rihanna’s big hair completed her Michelle Pfeiffer/Scarface look, while Jennifer Hudson’s ’80s ‘do was just part of a fitting homage to Whitney Houston’s heyday. Will we be taking pics of these stars to the salon anytime soon? Probably not. Well, not until its our turn to take the stage, anyway.
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The L.A. County Coroner’s office told Whitney Houston’s family that the singer did not drown on Saturday, but appears to have died from a mix of prescription drugs, including Xanax, and alcohol, according to TMZ. There was not enough water in Houston’s lungs for her to have drowned, and she may have passed away before her head was submerged. A source also told the site that it was Houston’s aunt, Mary Jones, who found her in the bathtub after leaving her alone for half an hour.
Because there is no evidence of foul play, the coroner can release Houston’s body to her family, and her mother, Cissy Houston, has arranged for it to be flown to Atlanta as early as tomorrow, TMZ reports.
The site is also reporting that Houston’s 18-year-old daughter, Bobbi Kristina, had a similar bathtub scare the day before her mother died. A friend had to get security to open the door to her hotel room when she wouldn’t respond to knocking, and she was found asleep in the tub. Bobbi Kristina was admitted to the hospital on Sunday for undisclosed reasons and released later that night.
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