So, Jason Aldean was the big winner at last night’s American Country Awards (seriously, country music people, how many freaking awards shows do you need?!?), taking home six prizes. Carrie Underwood took home a not-too-shabby three, while fellow Idol alum Scotty McCreery got New Artist of the Year. But those aren’t the titles we here at TheFABlife are interested in giving out. We saw the kind of skin and curves Carrie, Kristin Chenoweth, Jordin Sparks, Miranda Lambert and the JaneDear Girls’ Susie Brown were flashing. They may be “country,” but they know how to play up their sex appeal, big-city style. The question is, who did it best? Take a closer look and vote!
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Congrats are due to Rosie O’Donnell! The 49-year-old announced on her new OWN Network show that she’s engaged to Michelle Rounds. Her publicist told Us Weekly that The Rosie Show host will wed her lady love over the Christmas holiday. Rosie was previously married to longtime partner Kelli Carpenter, with whom she has four children. They split in 2007.
In October, Rosie called into The Howard Stern Show and gushed about her relationship with Rounds, telling Stern that marriage was “in the cards.” She also compared her to Julianne Moore (hawt!) and said her kids already introduced her as their “step-mom.” Now we just want to know if the comic superstar is gonna to drop the O’Donnell in favor of ‘Rosie Rounds.’ It’s the cutest name ever — we say embrace it!
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We know how it gets at this time of year. You’re invited to a million different events, you don’t always have time to shop for new outfits for them, since you’re really supposed to be shopping for presents for other people. So you’re stuck either recycling party dresses from past events, borrowing friends’ dresses, or running into a store, blindly grabbing the first thing you see and changing in the restroom at work. This is what we imagine happened to Parker Posey, Fergie, Chloe Sevigny, LeAnn Rimes and Kevin McHale over the weekend. We really doubt they looked in the mirror before attending the special screening of W.E. at MoMA in New York and the Trevor Project’s Trevor Live! event in Hollywood. They just have more important things to do. See for yourselves…
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It’s been some time since we used to scream Tori Amos songs at the top of our lungs in our bedroom every time we were mad at our parents/boys/the world, but the powerful singer/songwriter will never lose that place in our hearts. She stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live last week, when her latest tour stopped in New York to promote her new classical music album, Night of Hunters. And we were thrilled to note that the 48-year-old is still as quirky, cool and inspiring as ever. Check out what she wore…
E! News host Giuliana Rancic and husband Bill Rancic returned to the Today show this morning to deliver the difficult news that Giuliana is going to have a double mastectomy. Back in October 36-year-old announced on Today that she was diagnosed with cancer and at the time hoped to battle the disease with lumpectomies and radiation treatment. But as Bill explained, surgery had failed to remove the cancer from one of Giuliana’s breasts, and after consulting many experts, the couple decided that removing both breasts would give her the best chance of living a longer, healthier life.
“With the double mastectomy I have less than 1 percent chance of getting [the cancer] back,” she told host Ann Curry. “With the lumpectomy, radiation and medication, I could have seen 20 to 30 to 40 percent chance in my lifetime, and for me it just wasn’t worth it.” (Watch the interview after the jump.)
Fans of Katherine Heigl’s early days as Izzie on Grey’s Anatomy (like, when she was a smartmouthed doctor, before she got cancer and started hallucinating sex with her dead boyfriend) and even earlier days as an alien on Roswell, have no doubt been hoping she can dig herself out of the romantic comedy hole she’s dug herself in recent years. And at last, after this months’ New Year’s Eve and next month’s One for the Money, she’s taking a giant leap out of that hole. Today, TheFABlife has learned that she’s attached to star as a forensic psychiatrist in Kill Switch, the movie adaptation of the psychological thriller by former Law & Order: SVU exec producer Neal Baer and co-exec Jonathan Greene.
The book, which doesn’t come out until next week, is the first in a series about psychiatrist Claire Waters, who has a knack for getting people to confide in her, even the most cold-hearted criminals. The first novel brings Claire to the psychiatric wing of Rikers Island, where she meets “deranged” inmate Quimby, whose abusive history makes Claire start to reveal her own painful secrets. Kevin McCormick (whose resume ranges from Saturday Night Fever to Arthur) is producing the flick along with Katherine and her mother, Nancy Heigl. Best of all, it doesn’t sound like there’s a wedding dress or an accidental pregnancy in sight!
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Confirming what we all pretty much knew already, the NFL announced yesterday that Madonna is going to be the halftime performer for Super Bowl XLVI on February 5 at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis. She’s teaming up with Cirque du Soleil — we wonder if that miffs Pink a bit? — as well as her longtime creative director Jamie King for the big show. Of course, when I think of football, I think of Madge and French Canadian acrobats, don’t you? But with this “news,” it’s looking like 2012 is going to be a big year for the Material Girl. She’s got an album coming out, and the wide release of her directorial debut, W.E., is set for February 3. So, Madonna fans and pop-culture forecasters, we ask you:
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Yesterday, David Levithan told us that he doesn’t think people finish reading The Hunger Games and immediately want to pick up another dystopian novel. Well, we agree that we like to space these dark books out a bit, but they are addictive. And once a month or so, we’ve been picking up a new one. If you’re just starting to be obsessed, begin with the books we talked about during this Dystopian Week, especially with NextMovie.com’s list of books with movies in the works, then scroll back through Hollywood Crush’s first Dystopian Week suggestions from back in April. Here are some that we haven’t read yet but are next on our own to-read list.
Birthmarked, by Caragh M. O’Brien: In this version of the future, the world is divided between people who live inside the Enclave, and the unfortunate who live outside its walls. Gaia Stone is a 16-year-old novice midwife, and part of her duty is to hand over a quota of babies to the Enclave. But then her parents are taken away, and she has to figure out what’s really going on behind those walls.
The Eleventh Plague, by Jeff Hirsch: The cover bears a quote from Suzanne Collins herself, calling it “an excellent, taut debut novel,” so you probably can’t go wrong with this one. Stephen Quinn was born after two-thirds of the country was wiped out by influenza (that the Chinese released here on purpose) and has grown up barely scraping by as a salvager. But after a family tragedy, the 15-year-old finds his way to a community called Settler’s Landing, where he falls in love and learns that things aren’t as great in the town as they initially appeared to be.
Britney, we know we’ve been equal parts celebrating your birthday (and your 30 hottest looks and hair-volution) and taking the piss out of you (and your 30 worst looks and your cheese-tastic perfume commercials). But it’s all meant with love. To show you how much you mean to us, here is a list of all the things we’re going to fantasy buy you for your 30th b-day.
First, we asked our friends at Glamour.com, ’cause we thought they’d know what to get the woman who has everything: “A pair of Rollasole flats… just in case she’s ever stranded barefoot in a public restroom again,” said the site’s Obsessed blogger Suzy Byrne. She also decided that mere reality wouldn’t hold her back from the perfect gift: “Our super-duper new invention: the Glamovision Goggles! Brit-Brit can just slip on these superpowered shades when the paparazzi are around and — poof — she has the power to look perfect in every picture they take.”
And as a third gift, because Brit’s just that special, Suzy’s going to add one more present to the pile. “Back in 2008 when we interviewed her, she said she likes to stay home and read Danielle Steel novels, so we’d give her the complete collection, and throw in all the DVDs too.”
We’re on the home stretch of Dystopian Week here on TheFABlife, Hollywood Crush and NextMovie.com, but we couldn’t leave without hearing more from one of the hottest authors on the scene — if there is a dystopian “scene” — Veronica Roth. Her badass Divergent reads so cinematically, we can already imagine how awesome the upcoming Summit flick is going to be. While we eagerly await the trilogy’s book two, Insurgent, due in May, we asked Veronica to play a little imagination game with us: What if you wrote utopian fiction? Here’s her answer:
If utopian fiction became the new trend, I wouldn’t read it.
If you actually succeed in creating a utopia, you’ve created a world without conflict, in which everything is perfect. And if there’s no conflict, there are no stories worth telling — or reading! It would be all, “Jenny thought she might not be able to attain her lifelong dream of marshmallow taste tester for a little while … but she did!” and, “John’s dad said he couldn’t go to the movies, so John asked really nicely and his dad changed his mind.” I’m bored already.
But if I were going to create a utopia, I would make a world in which everyone is focused on their personal, moral obligations, and strives to be the best possible version of themselves. They would be allowed to choose whatever path they wanted in life. They would know what was expected of them, they would have a clear purpose, and they would have a strong sense of group identity and belonging. And there would be five factions…
Oh, wait. I tried that already.