So there are all these Breaking Dawn behind-the-scenes videos and clips and photos coming out, we almost feel like we’ve seen the whole movie (but still, we can’t wait for the MTV First with Robsten next week). And then there was the squeeing over the Hunger Games posters. And the voting for Mortal Instruments star Jamie Campbell Bower in our Hotness poll. But amid all this young adult novel-to-movie noise we’ve got to point out something really exciting. Myra McEntire‘s Hourglass, one of my personal faves of the year, has just been optioned by Fox.
And guess what: It’s not even about vampires or angels or a dark dystopian future. It’s actually one of the most original tales of time travel I’ve ever seen. Teenager Emerson Cole thinks she’s been seeing ghosts for the past four years. But when she comes back home to Tennessee from boarding school, Michael, the man her brother hires to help eliminate her “hallucinations” does the exact opposite. He informs her that she’s actually seeing people from the past. And the fact that he’s a super-hot college student makes all this sci-fi adventure all the more enticing, we think.
Well, no one’s on fire and no one is being stung by tracker jackers, but we’re sure Hunger Games fans are buzzing with excitement about the eight new posters showcasing the eight main characters. After you’ve calmed yourselves down a bit, let’s take another look at these profiles:
Katniss (debuted on Yahoo! Movies): She looks a bit softer than I picture the tough District 12 tribute — like the camera caught her thinking about her mother and Prim back home. But there’s still something to the set of her jaw that hints at her unfailing strength. Also, very subtle how they made Katniss face to the right while all the others face to the left.
Peeta: As our friend Amy at Hollywood Crush (where this poster debuted) says, “Peeta appears determined and yet somehow vulnerable, all at the same time. (Not to mention he looks so young, right?!)” He certainly doesn’t look like a kid who’s ever fought for his own survival, like Katniss has.
Someone forgot to tell Theophilus London and his fans at New York’s Terminal 5 last night that he was just the opening act. The place was packed and jumping hours before headliners Friendly Fires hit the stage. And though we were definitely there to hear Theophilus’ exciting blend of soul, hip-hop and electro-pop, we were also thrilled to see the up-and-comer’s eclectic style in person. Just as he can appeal to hip-hop heads while landing a spot on the Breaking Dawn soundtrack, he can wear ripped jeans, a sequined shirt (he designed himself) AND NIKE AIR MAGS! Closer looks after the jump.
Today in Ashton-Demi Divorce Watch: Us Weekly is reporting that Ashton Kutcher was “somber” at last night’s GQ Gentleman’s Ball, where he and Demi (who wasn’t there) were honored for their Real Men Don’t Buy Girls campaign. Of course, the theory, as posited by Us Weekly, is that he was unusually serious and pensive because he was thinking remorsefully about maybe possibly cheating on Demi. Here are a couple of other possible explanations:
» His date was his spiritual mentor, Rabbi Philip Berg. That’s always intimidating!
» He was being honored for campaigning against human trafficking. LOLz! (And this is in New York, where the Village Voice has been ripping into his Real Men ads as misleading.)
» He realized that Two and a Half Men is kind of a crappy show.
Anyway, check out these pics of Ashton gesticulating onstage. Come up with some captions of your own and share them with us on Twitter @TheFABlife.
We’ve heard for years now that the British royal family can trace part of its lineage back to 15th century Romanian Prince Vlad the Impaler, a.k.a. Dracula. Now, because it suits his campaign to save the Transylvanian forests, Prince Charles is fully embracing his blood-sucking ancestry.
As a lady of Transylvanian ancestry myself, I’m all for this environmental effort. But I’d also like to start a campaign of my own: Fiction authors of the world, please get to work on some novels riffing on this theme. William and Kate would make gorgeous vampires, no? Maybe Harry discovers he’s a rare hybrid. Diana isn’t actually dead, just in hiding from a slayer. The possibilities are endless.
Jeaniene Frost, author of the Night Huntress novels (go pick up Halfway to the Grave and get hooked immediately), has written one of my favorite versions of Dracula — though he prefers to be called Vlad Tepesh. Excuse me while I go harass her about this idea. (Also, if such a thing already exists, please let us know because we want to read it right now.)
[Photos: American Zoetrope, Getty Images]
This week’s Hotness is a tough matchup, for both talent and smoldering looks: Jamie Campbell Bower vs. Andrew Garfield. Frankly, we’re glad it’s up to you to decide, because we certainly couldn’t do it on our own.
In this corner, we have Jamie Campbell Bower, known to every Twilighter as Caius, to Potterheads as Gellert Grindelward and to costume drama buffs as King Arthur in Camelot and soon as the young Earl of Oxford in Anonymous. But soon enough, we may all think of him as Jace Wayland, the brooding hero of The Mortal Instruments. (No wonder our friends at NextMovie are calling him Mr. Franchise!)
The combined power of these fanbases should seem formidable, but then Andrew Garfield has shown that he thrives as the underdog. We wanted to boycott Facebook after seeing how his Social Network character Eduardo got screwed by Mark Zuckerberg. And though we can’t believe they’re making another Spider-Man movie, those expressive eyebrows alone are enough to make us say “Tobey Ma-who?” Will the fanboys and fangirls prevail to steal the Hotness crown from such a powerful vampire? Vote after the jump. (Polls close at 2 p.m. on Friday.)
Amy Winehouse’s tragic passing in July was ruled “death by misadventure” by British coroner Suzanne Greenaway, according to The Associated Press. After the initial autopsy found that she had no illegal drugs in her system, this latest inquest found that she had five times the legal driving limit in her system at the time of her death.
Shortly after her passing, her family had put forth the unorthodox theory that it was actually alcohol withdrawal that caused her death. But police reported finding empty vodka bottles in her bedroom, and her doctor, Christina Romete, said Amy had been drinking again.
Twilight season is really heating up this week! Robert Pattinson and Ashley Greene kicked it off early with a red-carpet appearance in Paris on Sunday. Last night, we got a glimpse of the honeymoon scene, courtesy of Access Hollywood. And then at 12:01 a.m. today, MTV and VH1 premiered the video for Christina Perri‘s “A Thousand Years,” the second single off the Breaking Dawn soundtrack.
The clip features several scenes from the movie that have already been featured in the trailers and TV spots: those sweeping shots of Forks; Jacob receiving the wedding invitation; Bella and Charlie walking down the aisle; Bella and Edward in Rio, on a speedboat headed for Isle Esme, swimming under the waterfall and, of course, in bed. But the one bit of dialogue from the movie that we hear, Edward and Bella whispering “I love you” to each other at the altar, is a new tidbit. All of it is made extra super romantic when set to Christina Perri’s lilting waltz and those heartbreaking vampire-ready lyrics: “I have loved you for a/ Thousand years/ I’ll love you for a/ Thousand more.”
The song’s not going to be playing throughout all these scenes in the movie, of course. If it does, in fact, show up in the film (since many soundtrack songs don’t), we’re dying to know where. The folks at Summit really should have asked us for our opinion, but let’s pretend they did. After the jump, vote for which Breaking Dawn book quote goes best with “A Thousand Years.”
The folks at Summit must have heard my earlier rant about Breaking Dawn wedding fatigue. A new exclusive clip on Access Hollywood gives us something entirely new: the honeymoon! Well, 59 seconds of it, anyway. It’s the scene of Edward and Bella arriving at Isle Esme, and then awkwardly realizing that all that waiting-until-we’re-married stuff is done. There’s some clipped dialogue — Edward suggests a swim and calls her “Mrs. Cullen”; Bella asks for a few “human minutes” — but this is all about those longing looks. And also interior design. See for yourself after the jump.
It takes about 30 seconds of watching Why Am I Still Single?! to be convinced of the power of Siggy Flicker. This New York matchmaker knows troubled dating patterns when she sees them. That’s why we thought she’d be the perfect person judge those other relationships we obsess over — celebrity couples! Take, for example, the fledgling romance between George Clooney and Stacy Keibler. All we know of them is what we’ve seen in pictures. But an expert like Siggy can read a bigger story into their red-carpet hand holding.
Check out Siggy’s analysis of George and Stacy’s body language in the gallery below.
“George Clooney and Stacy Keibler are together because for the moment they have chemistry,” she told us. “He loves women, and who would not love George Clooney?”