If we hadn’t already seen evidence of Kristen Stewart’s upcoming Vanity Fair spread, we know there’d be an uprising about her absence from the cover of VF’s annual Hollywood Issue. After all, there are two other alumnae from the 2010 issue returning for this year’s cover: Mia Wasikowska and Jennifer Lawrence. They share the mag’s front image with The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’s Rooney Mara and Jessica Chastain, she of The Help and every other critically acclaimed movie of 2011.
Behind the fold are some other rather recognizable faces from the past year, albeit made up in ultra-glam ’30s-era styling for the Mario Testino photo that makes them nearly unrecognizable: Elizabeth Olsen, Shailene Woodley, Paula Patton and Lily Collins. Three of the actresses are buzzy but not yet getting mainstream recognition: Adepero Oduye, star of the indie fave Pariah; Like Crazy’s Felicity Jones and Brit Marling, who co-wrote and starred in last year’s Another Earth and co-stars opposite Richard Gere in the upcoming hedge-fund drama (!) Arbitrage.
On The Tonight Show last night, Jay Leno dared to ask Madonna about movie auditions that didn’t do so well for her. This is after she claimed that when casting for W.E., she tried her best to make actors “feel at ease” during their audition process because she knows how much auditioning can suck. Her reaction was the kind of classic Madonna that makes us wonder what director would dare make her not at ease.
“What did you audition for that you sucked at?” Leno asked.
“Oh. [Pause] … I’m not telling,” she said, laughing a little as she say back and crossed her arms. “I just remember doing an audition once and then afterwards it was just total silence, and the director just went, ‘Thank you.’ … Then there’s the other kind of audition where you audition for something like eight times. You just keep coming back and auditioning. It’s like a kind of torture. I did that for a film and then I ended up not getting the part and that was not very pleasant. I have a voodoo doll of that director.”
So, who would that director be? Read more…
Kristen Stewart’s got a big year of publicity ahead for her, what with Snow White and the Huntsman out in June, Breaking Dawn Part 2 in November and On the Road set for sometime in 2012. So we imagine the big photo shoot she did with Mario Testino and Karl Lagerfeld in Paris for Vanity Fair is just the beginning of her many amazing shoots in the coming months. E! has the pics of her all dolled up and 19th-centuryish in a huge Christian Dior couture gown with a huge fascinator as she posed with horses in the park. After the jump, we present you with a closeup of her makeup for the shoot, and a shot of her in another outfit as she chats with Lagerfeld in a cafe (can you get any more Parisian than that?).
Justin Timberlake turns 31 today, and while we’re mostly hoping that with age, comes the realization that he owes the world another album. What can we do to petition fiancee Jessica Biel to get on our side with this? Well, while we hope for him to bring the sexy back, some of us aren’t so eager for the return of some of his style choices of years past. JT’s no stranger to trying out new ‘dos and has always kept us guessing from color to length. In his ‘N Sync days, Justin’s two-toned curls graced many a girl’s bedroom walls, but maybe they need to stay there? These days, Justin’s keeping it clean and tapered with a buzz cut. And what do we think of his facial hair experimentation? The Friends With Benefits star has sported a beard or two in his hair-volution. Justin’s ability to pull off these many ‘dos seems to be another of his many talents. So, join us in wishing him a happy birthday as you browse through his hair hits and misses.
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Today, Team Jacob loyalists got the sad news that Taylor Lautner’s glorious abs will not be seen contorted into weird shapes for our viewing pleasure. The Wrap reported that he’s dropped out of Stretch Armstrong due to scheduling conflicts. The flick based on the ’70s toy, was originally going to be made by Hasbro and Universal for release this year, but Relativity Media announced today that it will be partnering with Hasbro to make the movie, with an April 2014 release date. According to MTV News, the schedule conflict is with Taylor’s plans to make a Gus Van Sant movie. We’ll give you a minute to get over this disappointment, but then, we want you to cheer up and help us come up with Taylor’s replacement. The movie is said to be an origin story, along the lines of Iron Man, but no age range has really been given, leaving this wide open for all the hot actors we fantasy-casting dreamers have been proposing for everything from Spider-Man to Hunger Games. Of course, some of us here at TheFABlife want Hunter Parrish for all of the movies, but we’d also be open to another werewolf — say The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino? Or how about The Mortal Instruments’ also-ran Alex Pettyfer? Maybe this could be Harry Potter alum Matthew Lewis’ big break, or our chance to see more of Miley Cyrus‘ LOL co-star Douglas Booth. Well, here’s your chance to pick a candidate for the silliest-named superhero of them all:
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We’re pretty excited about the return of Big Morning Buzz Live to VH1 this week — it means there’s a whole parade of fashionable folks will be strutting by our office in the early morning, some of whom let us hound them for info on their getups for Style Seen. First up is Brad Goreski, the former assistant to Rachel Zoe who has now struck out on his own, both as a stylist to the stars and as a highly quotable reality TV star in his own right, on Bravo’s It’s a Brad, Brad World. He’s a pro at dressing people, so you wouldn’t guess that one part of the outfit he wore on the show Monday morning was bought at the last minute and another made him “a little nervous” when he put it on. Scroll down and we’ll tell you all about it.
Well, obvs, they hand out SAG Awards for both men and women — but with the big movie ensemble Actor going to the ladies of The Help, our memory of Sunday night’s ceremony might be skewed toward how much the ladies dominated the stage. This is, after all the organization that sticks to the old-school feminist “female actor” designation rather than “actress.” There was Mary Tyler Moore receiving a Lifetime Achievement Award, as we were reminded that people doubted there’d be an audience for a show about a single woman. Representing that other awesome female cast, Bridesmaids stars Kristen Wiig, Maya Rudolph and Melissa McCarthy livened up an otherwise too-sincere evening with their “Scorsese” drinking game (do they have to take a drink every time someone blogs his name, too?) And even the In Memoriam montage featured a great sendoff from Elizabeth Taylor, winking at us from beyond. It was enough to give pause to anyone who’s been rooting for The Descendants or The Artist to take home the big prizes come February 26 — do you really want to stop the momentum of all this amazing girl (lady) power? Do we want to be deprived of the sight of Octavia Spencer dancing around as Viola Davis makes us cry? Well, when the alternative is a good George Clooney speech or tricks by Uggie, that’s a tough question. Good thing we’re not voting on these things.
By the way, you can catch all the winners’ speeches here.
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10 Bold Colors That Perked Up The SAG Awards Red Carpet
If anyone but Meryl Streep had shown up for an awards show in which she’s nominated for The Iron Lady in an iron-colored outfit — well, we would have said something meaner than that it’s a silly pun. But maybe she didn’t intend it as such, and she did look elegant as hell in her Vivienne Westwood onstage at the SAG Awards. And she was among many who chose shades of gray and neutral and cream on Sunday night. Zoe Saldana, Modern Family’s Ariel Winter and Glee’s Naya Rivera chose sparkly numbers that grabbed our attention. Others, like Kristen Wiig and Octavia Spencer, didn’t look bad but seemed less vibrant than their usual selves without color to match their personalities. Maybe we’re just cranky after watching too many acceptance speeches. Browse through the gallery and let us know how you feel about this ongoing trend in the comments below.
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Related: 10 Bold Colors That Perked Up The SAG Awards Red Carpet
There’s been a whole lot of neutral and black going on this awards season, and that rather works to the advantage of the stars who chose the path less traveled and wore bold colors to the SAG Awards. They stand out all the more with their blues, pinks, greens and reds. From Emily Blunt’s bright green Oscar de la Renta to Jessica Chastain’s delicious blue Calvin Klein collection, the rainbow of gowns was all the more brilliant by the sun shining during the arrivals. Thank you, brave actors for making us sit up and take notice of you before you go off to congratulate yourselves for being brave actors.
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I had the pleasure of sitting down with Adam Lambert earlier this week in Los Angeles, where we chatted about the usual: his new album, Trespassing, it’s awesome first single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” and our mutual obsession with The Hunger Games. Yes, in addition to being handsome and talented, Adam is also a total YA nerd. Stars are just like us, guys!
Adam had no idea that he was a fan favorite to plan Cinna back before the movie was cast. “I definitely identified with the character when I read the books,” he told us. “I think Lenny Kravitz is gonna be rad.”
When we pressed him on his allegiance to Team Gale or Team Peeta, Adam admitted, “I didn’t know there were teams!” He added, “I think the thing that was really clever about the books is that, much like Twilight, it really divides the two. They’re both really good guys, for different reasons.”
[Let’s pause for a brief swoon break over Adam referencing Twilight.]
We also asked Adam if he’d ever given thought to a movie career (cough, the new Les Miserables movie, cough). “Yes, if someone wanted me to do it,” he said. “I grew up doing a lot of musical theater…and I think much of my last album was me playing a character. But I like music so much, and I think singing is kind of my gift, I think. But sure, why not!?”
Maybe a role that involves a little bit of both?
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