Breaking Dawn Part 1 didn’t quite bring in as much box-office cash as the biggest Twilight movie so far, New Moon, but its $139.5 million opening places it at #5 of the all-time biggest debuts. It’s hard to remember that this mega franchise comes from humble indie roots — but one of the biggest reminders of that is how some of the stars are planning their post-Twilight futures.
Take Nikki Reed, for example. The actress who first came to Hollywood’s attention as the 13-year-old co-writer and co-star of Catherine Hardwicke‘s Thirteen wants to return to her first passion, writing.
“I’m working on a screenplay now,” she told TheFABlife last week. “It’s not autobiographical, but it’s based on a distant, distant family member. And I’m writing music with Paul, and I write on my blog all the time. And I’m thinking about a novel idea right now, so writing is probably my number one priority.”
After all the kerfuffle over Nikki’s quote in Seventeen magazine about not being best friends with the entire cast, we asked which co-stars and directors she’s dying to work with again.
“All of them for different reasons. Right now I’m such a huge fan of Bill Condon‘s, that’s right there in the forefront of my mind. He’s so talented. I was a fan of his long before the series. But all of them for different reasons — Chris Weitz is so talented, David Slade, Catherine Hardwicke who I’ve worked with numerous times. Being in Breaking Dawn and having so many great scenes to work on with Kristen was so great. She and I have been close for many years. It was really exciting to be able to do that with her. And Elizabeth Reaser and Michael Sheen. It’s like, gosh, I don’t know. There is not one!”
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Of all the fashions we spotted on the red carpet and onstage at last night’s AMAs, there were some that were clearly awesome and others that hurt our delicate eyes. But then there was the middle ground. The outfits that confuse our sense of right and wrong. Daring, but maybe too much. Awful, but maybe in an interesting way. Gorgeous if only they fit better.
Maybe you can help us out: Were Justin Bieber‘s tiger-striped pants hideous or hilarious? Should we admire J.Lo‘s nude bodysuit on the grounds that it showed off her assets? If Jennifer Hudson looked so uncomfortable in her super-short gold dress, does that detract from its hotness? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @theFABlife.
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While some of the stars brought their A fashion game to the AMAs last night, we’re convinced that a few others let their stylists leave for Thanksgiving break early. Surely a professional would prevent Kelly Clarkson and Christina Aguilera from choosing the least flattering gowns for their body type this side of our high school prom. Jennifer Lopez managed to land in our best- and worst-dressed lists (and an upcoming questionable list), thanks to her numerous costume changes and unfortunate decision to continue plugging Fiat in the middle of her performance. Now, we’re pretty sure red-carpet staple Phoebe Price and LMFAO‘s Redfoo were trying to land on this lists, but David Hasselhoff hurt our eyes in those boxers. Keep your pants on, Hoff. Please.
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Because of their convenient timing, the American Music Awards are the perfect opportunity for the country’s biggest music stars to plug their fall releases as awesome gifts for the holidays. And last night, some of those stars were wrapped up as perfect gifts for our eyes. The style theme of the evening swung back and forth from playfully retro — Katy Perry, Karmin‘s Amy Heidemann and Jenny McCarthy — to starship-ready futuristic — Nicki Minaj, Heidi Klum, Justin Bieber (though his leather number was kind of future-by-way-of-Michael-Jackson’s-Captain-Eo).
While we were dazzled by the choices of Nicki (she’s here twice!), Taylor Swift, Selena Gomez and Katherine Heigl, we also suffered a bit of whiplash from some looks: Jennifer Lopez‘s many costume changes landed her on our best, worst and questionable lists. Justin Bieber and Katy Perry also straddle the best and questionable lists. Stay tuned for more photos and opinions from last night’s show.
Read more about Nicki and Taylor at the AMAs in VH1 Tuner.
Marine Corps Sgt. Scott Moore tweeted https://twitter.com/#!/theScottMoore/status/137643797956931585 on Friday, “Tonight is for you 7 Betio Bastards,” referring to the seven members of his unit, the 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, who died in Afghanistan. But he might be forgiven if his mind wandered to his date once in a while. Mila Kunis made good on her pledge to attend the Marine Corps Ball in Greenville, North Carolina, after his video asking her to the ball went viral.
“She gets credit and a lot of respect for coming here, not being part of this world and following through on her word,” Moore told People. She was “very nice and very respectful” at the ball, he said, leading us to wonder if maybe he feared she would slip into sarcastic Jackie mode during the event.
The power of District 12 is strong already. Proof: After Thor himself, Chris Hemsworth, had a significant early lead in our weekly Hotness poll, Hunger Games fans across the globe joined the rebellion and pushed li’l bro Liam Hemsworth to victory and beyond. Miley Cyrus‘ sweetie garnered 72 percent of the vote by the time polls closed today. (We’re guessing the Snow White and the Huntsman followers have been too distracted by that other little Kristen Stewart movie to click and refresh.)
So congrats to Liam. We’re looking forward to seeing a whole lot more of you — and not just Gale’s sadface alone in a meadow — very soon. And now that voting is over, we can all relax and be content with the fact that there is enough Hemsworth beauty to go around, and we never have to choose again. (But, Miley, you might want to hold on a little tighter.)
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So, at yesterday’s Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiere in Barcelona, Robert Pattinson was making the most bizarre faces — even for Rob, who’s often pretty goofy when all eyes are on him. One theory: He was possessed by a mischievous demon. Another, which we came up with after seeing him and Taylor Lautner clowning around at today’s Berlin premiere: Taylor is taking a tip from George Clooney and becoming an unrepentant practical joker. He must have slipped something in Rob’s food! OK, we are totally and completely making all of this up. As well as every single caption in the gallery below. Make up your own and share them with us on Twitter @theFABlife!
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Wow, guys, Breaking Dawn Part 1 premiere week is almost done. We’re trying very hard to ignore the fact that there’s only one movie left (sniffX1000), and instead focusing on the positive here. Looking back at the red-carpet premieres of the last four Twilight movies is like browsing through the photo album of a trio of sisters (obvs, we’re talking Kristen Stewart, Ashley Greene and Nikki Reed): See how styles and their tastes changed as they grew up before our eyes? Aww. We asked Nikki if she could pick a favorite gown from all of her Twilight premieres, and she was quick to reply.
“I’m going to go with this year’s [gown] because I chose it because it was green, and green is my mom’s favorite color,” she said. “I know it seems sort of silly and sappy, but the truth is it’s the only dress I tried on. I saw it, Marchesa’s great, and I was like, ‘Mom, we’re going with green, for you.’ ”
Take a minute to look back at all three actress’ red-carpet getups, and then tell us which year you think they were most fashionable.
We’ve been kinda busy here in FABlifeland, what with Breaking Dawn and all. But not as busy as Nick Jonas, that’s certain. (In between prepping for his six months on Broadway in How to Succeed in Business… he just picked up an award for his diabetes advocacy at the Disability Rights Legal Center gala in L.A. last night.) So we have to apologize for taking a minute to notice how much we liked the relaxed-but-slightly-blingy look he sported when he stopped by http://www.vh1.com/shows/big_morning_buzz_live/series.jhtml last week. Now we’ll make up for lost time and take a closer look.
For those of you unfamiliar with the last-but-not-least subjects of our Breaking Dawn Superfan Week, the ladies behind Letters to Twilight are not your typical gushing fangirls. Their daily letters are funny, sarcastic and never shy to point out the, well, problematic aspects of the franchise. But their true love of the saga still shines through. Let’s let them tell you about it.
Nikki and Bekah: We started LTT (Letters to Twilight) in 2008, after realizing we obsessively watched the same behind-the-scenes, one-hour Vanity Fair photo-shoot video of the cast and couldn’t understand why we, as educated, professional young 20-somethings would waste our time. And then we found fan videos. And Twilight tattoos. And discovered that we felt “second-hand embarrassed” about how Twilight fans were portrayed, and knew that if we were “normal,” there had to be other normal Twilight fans out there too. If you find any let us know. Three years later, LTT is a place for Twilight fans who don’t know why they like teen vampires and wolves. We don’t take ourselves, Twilight, the movies or the cast seriously. And we laugh. A lot!
TheFABlife: When did you first fall in love with Twilight?
Bekah: The moment I saw Rob Pattinson walk on the screen. I mean, in 2008, when I devoured the books on vacation while sitting on the beach.
Nikki: When Robert Pattinson’s eyes caught mine from the screen and looked directly into my soul, I knew it was true love. (Actually, the week before the Twilight movie came out I read the books and was unconditionally and irrevocably changed.)
TFL: What’s the moment you can’t wait to see in Breaking Dawn (1 or 2)?
Nikki: I can’t wait to see how they plan to chew the Demon Baby out of Bella.
Bekah: Sex. I mean, the wedding.
TFL: How many times have you read the books? How many times have you seen the previous movies?
Bekah: You should really be asking how many copies of the books I’ve had to buy because my previous copies were so worn.
Nikki: We’ve seen the movies so many times that we think they’re gonna offer us stock in AMC Theaters next.
TFL: How many times do you plan on seeing Breaking Dawn Part 1?
Bekah: We actually just saw it at the premiere and have tickets to a screening Wednesday, midnight tickets with pals on Thursday, and I just planned to see it with some friends next weekend at a “normal” time! So maybe 1 million?
TFL: What will you do after you’ve seen it that many times?
Nikki: We’ll probably get an invite to Clay the movie theater usher’s high school graduation party.