Well, it’s surprising if you think of Cruise as this guy. But long before he was an action hero, scaling the tallest building in the world, he was the kid dancing in his underwear in Risky Business, and the cocky pilot serenading Kelly McGillis in a bar in Top Gun. Just a few different job choices and he could have been a modern day Gene Kelly, right? Well, OK, not quite. Even though that one wedding dance-off was impressive. Read more…
Good Morning America‘s Josh Elliott really earned his pay today, when he sat down with Kris Humphries and his mom, Debra Humphries, for Kris’ first interview since Kim Kardashian filed for divorce. As Elliott asked about the split, Kris responded again and again with the words “focused,” “basketball,” “moving forward,” “family” and “my foundation” — just rearranged for each question. And still Elliott pressed on.
To a question about what Humphries hopes to gain by filing for an annulment, he said, “Right now I’m focused on basketball; other things will take care of themselves. It’s a great day for the NBA and the fans, for most people camp starts today at 4 p.m. Hopefully I’ll be on a team soon and get ready to go.” Read more…
If it weren’t for all his smoldering Twitpics, it would be kind of hard to tell that the Ian Somerhalder of Twitter is the same Ian Somerhalder who brings selfish (but softening!) vampire Damon Salvatore to life on The Vampire Diaries every week. He floods his feed with heartfelt (well, downright earnest) comments on the environment and animal cruelty every day (tweets like: “#sharks win big today in California! Thanks Gov Brown for signing #AB376″; “WTF?! This is crazy.What possesses you to swing chicken with a rope?How miserable of a human must you be!?” and the Black Friday criticism, “Stores should be ashamed. Family Is all we have, the foundation of our country and our world.Just my 2 cents,may not matter but I said it.”) There are also several references to shooting TVD, like this teaser, which drove fans crazy: “Of course 1st day back from a stuffing-your-face holiday, Damon Salvatore is naked… WTF?!”
But in the days leading up to the former Lost star’s 33rd birthday today, Ian has been extra warm and fuzzy, as he’s using the big day to raise money for his year-old Ian Somerhalder Foundation. He posted a long message to fans last week thanking them for all the presents they’ve sent him in the past, but asked that this year they donate to ISF, which has the not-too-modest goal of promoting green energy, slowing deforestation, preventing animal cruelty and supporting no-kill shelters. There’s also a bunch on the ISF site about helping kids, too. Not bad for a guy who pretends to rip out people’s throats for a living.
Judging by his recent tweets, the response to his birthday wish has been good so far. He even posted a talking-cat card to thank everyone, but we’re still waiting to see if he can hold to his promise to email a thank you to every single person who donates. In the meantime, the rest of us shallow folk will content ourselves with looking at Ian’s awesome Twitpics and other photos of him as a bloodsucking creature and a pretty good human.
Katy Perry is such a natural ham, we have no doubt she’ll be loads of fun as this week’s host of Saturday Night Live (provided the writers are having an “on” week, that is). In the promos for the night, she jokes about her great acting skills and her silly name-spelling with Kenan Thompson. But we weren’t really paying attention to the words coming out of her mouth. We were oohing and aahhing over her new haircut. When she was first photographed with it over the weekend, we weren’t entirely sure about it, mostly because that pale-pink hue was just looking tired. But in these SNL videos it’s a very natural, super-shiny blond, and we love it. Nice job, Katy/stylists! Now, what is it she’s wearing? A nightgown? A shirt-dress? We have typed every combination of “white cat, red, dress, nightgown, shirt” into our search engines and failed to find it. So, Internet, please help. We think it would be the best Chrismukkah present ever for our favorite cat lovers.
So, we may have actually considered changing our holiday vacation plans to accommodate the release date of The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. We may even be considering getting our own. But just because we’re fans of the Stieg Larsson series, the Swedish movie adaptation and most probably the upcoming David Fincher version, doesn’t mean we aren’t also super excited to see the trailer hilariously spoofed by Funny or Die today.Rooney Mara and Daniel Craig, watch out. Emma Roberts and Joe Manganiello could totally steal your roles for the sequel. That is, if Lisbeth Salander becomes a gum-popping Jersey girl and Mikael Blomkvist suddenly becomes so obsessed with his new detective image that he studies David Caruso’s CSI: Miami glasses-removing technique at home every night. OK, never mind, we want Rooney and Daniel to stay right where they are. But we also want studios to take note of Joe’s acting chops, even with his shirt on. Check out his many different dramatic looks.
We’re way behind on episodes of Revenge, so nobody spoil what’s happened lately in Emily Thorne/Amanda Clarke’s quest to take down her father’s enemies in Hamptons high society. But we were pleased to learn that Emily VanCamp, who plays Emily/Amanda, is nothing like her scheming onscreen persona. “I guess I do have that dark place somewhere inside of me,” she said on Big Morning Buzz Live earlier this week. Her white-blazer-and-jeans combo went further in convincing us of her more lighthearted nature. Still, those heels could probably hurt you if you crossed her. Take a look.
Lady Gaga is a busy, busy lady, so you have to forgive us for combining two such different items into one post. Otherwise, there would be days when we’d just have to call ourselves TheGAGAlife. Anyway, serious story first: Mother Monster followed through on the pledge she made to meet with the Obama administration following the tragic death of gay bullying victim Jamey Rodemeyer in September. She didn’t get to talk to the prez himself, but yesterday she met with White House Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who wrote about the meeting on the White House blog.
“Today, I had the opportunity to welcome her to the White House, where we discussed ways we could work together to make sure that no child comes under attack, regardless of his or her race, sexual orientation, gender identity, or any other factor,” Jarrett wrote. She said she was moved by Gaga’s efforts to end bullying with the Born This Way Foundation, and went on to outline how Obama is also addressing the issue. The administration released a report yesterday analyzing current anti-bullying laws and policies with an eye toward what else can be done. Jarrett concluded her post pledging to work with the Born This Way Foundation and “every American who is willing to help make our society more kind, inclusive, and equal.” Read more…
Since being hospitalized in Vienna for pneumonia two weeks ago, George Michael‘s health is “improving steadily,” doctors at the AKH hospital said last week. But it sounds like the 48-year-old’s illness was so severe (and pneumonia can be fatal) that doctors want to keep him there longer for testing.
“I spend every day at his side,” boyfriend Fadi Fawaztold reporters. “He’s on the mend but it looks like he’s here for Christmas.”
Michael fell ill while on his European Symphonica tour and has since had to cancel the 14 remaining dates.
We’re noticing a trend among celeb bloggers and journalists these days — and by the way, kids, in the biz, we declare three of anything a “trend”: Everyone is obsessed with boobs. Weird, right? Actually, I mean they’re obsessed with the growing mammary glands of famous pregnant ladies.
Mammary glands like these:
Which, yeah, Jessica Simpson’s are kind of hard to ignore, but they always were. Also, Jessica joked about them herself: Read more…
No matter how many awesome roles she’s had in the past 16 years, it’s hard not to think of Heather Matarazzo as her the horribly, heartbreakingly awkward Dawn Wiener in Welcome to the Dollhouse. At the same time, when you see the incredibly poised, pretty and funny 29-year-old now, it’s hard to imagine that she’s the same person. (Though her mannerisms totally recall her second-best teen gig, as smartass Lilly Moscovitz in The Princess Diaries.) She stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live this morning to chat about her newest movie Mangus!, which she produced and stars in, and also to share a “shoe whore” moment with Carrie Keagan. We’re pretty sure she downplayed the rest of her outfit so her heels would stand out more. Read more…