When Shailene Woodley stopped by the VH1 offices earlier this week, she told us that she almost exclusively shops at used-clothing stores, wears mostly white T-shirts and jeans, and would be studying massage therapy if she weren’t making waves opposite George Clooney in The Descendants. But 20-year-old the star of The Secret Life of the American Teenager is also a seasoned pro, so she cleaned up nicely — if still maintaining her strictly comfy aesthetic — for her appearance on Big Morning Buzz Live. Check out more of her outfit below.
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Courtney Stodden may be living “like a princess” these days, but the 17-year-old aspiring actress and singer didn’t always have it so easy. If you recall, long before her marriage to 51-year-old Doug Hutchison, she posted a six-minute YouTube video in which she addresses bullies (and reads some of their mean comments on her site). Earlier in her childhood (as in, last year), her mother took her out of school because she was being harassed by other students.
Courtney has her share of critics these days, but the outspoken teen seems to know how to brush that dirt off her shoulder. That’s why we asked her if she has advice for other victims of bullying out there.
“My advice for victims of bullies would be, victims, you need to realize that it’s not [you],” she told TheFABlife. “It’s the bully who’s picking on them, it’s their problem. There’s nothing wrong with the victim. They’re perfect, they’re beautiful, and they need to stay true to themselves. Not just because someone who isn’t true to themselves is picking on you. They need to think about that, realize that and embrace the truth.”
Wise words, Courtney!
We’d like to think this is just in honor of Dystopian Week, but we’re not that full of ourselves. Still, we’re pretty excited that the folks at Scholastic gave us the chance to give you the first look at the cover of the movie tie-in edition of The Hunger Games, which hits shelves on February 7, just weeks before the premiere of the film. You can head over to Hollywood Crush for a glimpse at the covers of The Hunger Games: Official Illustrated Movie Companion and The Hunger Games Tribute Guide, which are also due out on February 7. This isn’t the first special edition of Suzanne Collins’ trilogy to be released — The Hunger Games Collector’s Edition, with a fancy cloth cover, came out last month. What we’re most pleased about is the fact that they resisted the temptation to put Jennifer Lawrence on the novel’s cover. We love her, and can’t wait for the movie, but we’re also purists about our books. What we’re most disappointed about: You can’t make a book get that moving flame effect like the digital posters. Maybe those will exist in our dystopian future?
More from Dystopian Week:
Why Dystopia? Author Dan Wells Explains The Importance Of Hunger Games, 1984 And More
Is Dystopia Really The New Vampire? Editor-Writer David Levithan Weighs In
Your Dystopian Survival Guide
Dystopia Is the New Supernatural
Shatter Me Author Takes Things “To Extremes” For Dystopian Week
Watch Out, Katniss, Legend’s Formiddable Dystopian Heroes Are On Your Heels
‘Shatter Me’ Author Tahereh Mafi Talks ‘X-Men’ Comparisons
How Will Delirium’s Love Cure Translate To The Screen? Dystopian Week Begins!
5 Questions With ‘Divergent’ Writer Veronica Roth
Marie Lu Imagines A Teenage, Dystopian ‘Les Miserables’ In ‘Legend’
‘Delirium’ Author Lauren Oliver Talks Sequel ‘Pandemonium’
While Kanye West, Adele, the Foo Fighters and Bruno Mars are surely celebrating the many nods they received at last night’s Grammy nominations special, the winners of the evening were definitely zombies, who got a big nod from Lady Gaga during her performance. Other groups who will benefit from the evening: podiatrists (because we want Nicki Minaj’s and Taraji P. Henson’s shoes now) and gyms (because between Melle Mel’s arms and Grace Potter‘s legs, we are all feeling a little inadequate this morning). Losers: the color pink, because Katy Perry’s abuse of this monochromatic thing is making us weary of it; jeans — well, just Jason Aldean’s sad, holey, unhemmed pair; and the cows who gave their lives to Reid Perry’s pants. For a full account of the Grammy nominations, head over to VH1 Tuner.
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What with Kim Kardashian and Lady Gaga lamenting their sad love lives, while Ashton Kutcher has reportedly been celebrating his renewed bachelorhood in Iowa, we were beginning to doubt the existence of romance in Hollywood these days. But then Kristin Cavallari tweeted this: “This time its official..Jay and I are engaged again ”
That’s right. After getting engaged in April and breaking it off in July, Kristin and Bears quarterback Jay Cutler are back on. Life & Style caught Kristin wearing her massive rock while she was out for dinner last night, so she had no choice but to confirm the news. Congrats (again)!
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We’ve already told you how much we love Tahereh Mafi’s Shatter Me. But since it’s Dystopian Week, and you’ve had a chance to hear from the likes of Delirium author Lauren Oliver here, Divergent‘s Veronica Roth on NextMovie.com and Legend mastermind Marie Lu on Hollywood Crush, we thought it was only fair to let Mafi tell you a little bit more about her dark vision of the future and what she hopes it does for people in the present. Also, we just really, really wanted to talk to her.
Shatter Me takes place in a world under military rule following a series of environmental disasters, but that world doesn’t come from a very dark mind. “I’m not a pessimistic person by any stretch of the imagination — I do have high hopes for our future — but I do wonder sometimes if we’re going to be OK,” she told TheFABlife. “I definitely would say that I’m concerned about the environment. I’m definitely concerned about what we’re doing to it and what’s happening to society.”
After watching “a lot of documentaries,” especially one that described how male fish have started to develop female reproductive systems due to estrogen polluting the water, Mafi relished the idea of using her fiction to show others where this could lead.
“In fiction, we’re given this opportunity to take things to extremes and to examine life in hyperbolic situations and to really ask questions about what might happen,” she said. “I just imagined a world where things had gone badly. It’s a not-too-distant future. It’s not a world that is incredibly unfamiliar to us.”
Ooooh, we can’t wait for these interviews! Barbara Walters announced nine of her 10 Most Fascinating People of 2011 today, and while we’ve certainly heard a lot from all of them, you just know there will be new, emotional dirt revealed when the special airs on December 14 on ABC.
Pippa Middleton, Katy Perry, the Kardashians and Simon Cowell seemed like pretty obvious choices. We kind of forgot about all that Donald Trump business earlier in the year, so thanks for reminding us, Babs. To some of us, the most fascinating thing Derek Jeter did this year was break up with Minka Kelly, but there are probably more sporty things he has to talk about. Modern Family’s Eric Stonestreet and Jesse Tyler Ferguson also made the list, for reasons beyond just being adorable. And then the most fascinating person will be revealed during the show. (We’re confused by the numbers here — are the Kardashians all one person but Eric and Jesse are two people? Someone, please explain.)
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Yesterday, we told you how Courtney Stodden has been living “like a princess,” since marrying 51-year-old Doug Hutchison. But what would the 17-year-old be doing if she hadn’t married him?
“If I hadn’t married Doug, I would still be pursuing my music, definitely,” Courtney told TheFABlife. “I would probably still be involved in acting and learning that. I would probably be down the same path I’m on now, but I wouldn’t be blessed with this gift of great success so early on. But I’d still be pursuing the same thing.”
That’s basically the most self-aware thing we’ve ever heard her say. Courtney has already recorded the three songs streaming on her website and YouTube channel — “Crazy,” “Car Candy” and “We Are America” — and she says there’s more on the way.
According to TVLine.com, Ricky Martin is next in line for a guest role on Glee. He’ll play “the hottest Spanish teacher ever in the history of Ohio,” and we guess, make Mr. Schue (every once in a while we’re reminded that he’s a Spanish teacher too) feel insecure about himself. As fans of Ricky from his early General Hospital (post-Menudo, pre-”Vida Loca”) days, we are very excited. He’s also supposedly singing two songs on the show. OMG, we really want him to help Santana through her tough time coming out — Naya Rivera blew us away at the end of “Mash Off” two weeks ago.
After returning to the stunt-casting well a few too many times in seasons one and two (Gwyneth Paltrow, Britney Spears, Neil Patrick Harris, Kristen Chenoweth, John Stamos …), the show seems to have been taking a break from guest stars in season three. But now we’re ready to see some familiar faces appear at McKinley High. How about you?
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Taking a page out of the Miley Cyrus playbook, Paulina Gretzky is making more headlines this week because of quitting Twitter than she ever did while she was on it. Well, that is to say, she was making headlines on sites like Coed Magazine before quitting, thanks to her many sexy Twitpics. But now that the 22-year-old daughter of hockey legend Wayne Gretzky shut down this font of cleavage-tastic photos, she’s an even hotter commodity. We chalk this up to supply and demand.
While she’s not posting any more pics on Twitter, you can go to her official website (from 2009), and learn about her music career. Oh, look! Her song “Collecting Dust” was featured on Laguna Beach. And her much more innocent album cover makes her look like a Beverly Hills, 90210-era Jennie Garth. You can also go super old-school and visit her MySpace page for more of her music and photos. See how this worked? Now we are all aware of her work. Good move, Paulina. (We like this theory better than the one that Papa Wayne made her take it down ’cause it made him look bad.)