ABC Family’s dance-school-drama-in-a-quirky-town-comedy Bunheads, which premiered last night, has been getting all sorts of great buzz. Much of that’s coming from devotees of Gilmore Girls and show creator Amy Sherman-Palladino. Personally, I’m withholding judgment — I think it suffered from serious pilot-itis, in which all of the characters and plot lines are introduced in rapid fire within 40-something minutes and now we have to care about what happens to them just because, now, go! The dialogue swung between snappy and sappy so much, I had whiplash. Also, even though I had plenty of advanced notice that the show would be nothing like Sophie Flack’s novel Bunheads, about ballerinas in New York City, I was still hoping it would retain some of its dance-or-die flavor. And I was very distracted by the fact that I really thought “Hubbell” was going to freak out, say “You made me make a phony phone call!” go catatonic and fall into the pool. But star Sutton Foster shone through it all, making me promise to myself that I’ll give episode two a shot.
Foster is that actress you see in something and then start racking your brain to think, “Where do I know that face from?” We thought we’d help you out with that, because you could know her from all sorts of places. And now you will know her from all of them. I knew her as Coco, the sign-holding girl who almost broke up Bret and Jemaine on Flight of the Conchords.
While Lindsay Lohan’s terrible driving (and lying?) is probably undoing any progress those amazing Elizabeth Taylor pics may have earned her in Hollywood, it seems there are still some folks out there willing to give the troubled star a chance. Bret Easton Ellis announced via Twitter last night that she’ll co-star in The Canyons with porn star James Deen. According to indiewire.com, Deen will play Christian, “a trust fund kid, power player and major manipulator, who is a film producer that enjoys filming his own three-way sex sessions,” and Lohan is his girlfriend Tara, a former model who “has sold her pride for the material comforts Christian can provide.” There are two other leads yet to be cast for the erotic thriller about “five 20-somethings’ quest for power, love, sex and success in 2012 Hollywood.” Read more…
Remember when they were casting The Hunger Games? It went like this: Lionsgate announced who would play Katniss, Peeta and Gale, and then Haymitch, President Snow, Effie and Seneca … and then we started to lose interest as they rolled out the tribute announcements. Maybe that’s why they’re going to drag out the process of announcing the major roles in Catching Fire, saving the most anticipated for last. And maybe we should just be happy to hear any kind of rumors that aren’t coming from our own wild imaginations (talking to you, Robert Pattinson as Finnick stories). According to Deadline, and this tweet from blogger @TheInSneider, Philip Seymour Hoffman has been offered the role of Plutarch Heavensbee. Read more…
Whether or not you’re old enough to have lived through the ’80s hair-band era, you have definitely been subjected to nostalgia for the days of man perms, animal-print spandex and awesome rawk music — especially this week, with the release of Rock of Ages. Suddenly, the styles we once ridiculed (and used for more than one Halloween costume) are back in our closets and on our screens. That’s what prompted VH1 to ask a few of the stars of the movie whether they were tempted to steal their retro costumes and wear them in real, 21st century life. Malin Akerman was quick to admit as much.
There’s a dress that I’m wearing that’s like a black dress with tassles that is incredible,” said Akerman, who plays magazine writer Constance Sack. “I think it was actually from All Saints or something like that. And I was so tempted to bring that one home and go, ‘Oops, I lost it!’ ”
The actress hopes the flick will inspire viewers to embrace their metal fan too. “I want them to go home and put on their leather pants again, and put on their rock songs and have a blast!
If, instead of leather pants, you want to take some fashion inspiration from Constance, who goes from buttoned-up magazine girl to full-on rocker chick, here are a few things that comprise her look. Read more…
A lot of things have changed for Steve Carell since he uttered the famous phrase “I love lamp” as Brick Tamland in Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy. After all, the 2004 movie came out a month before The 40-Year-Old Virgin and eight months before The Office premiered on NBC, and many of us still thought of him as “Produce Pete” from the Daily Show. So when VH1 Celebrity caught up with Carell as he was doing press for Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (in theaters June 22), we wondered if he thought his higher profile would mean a bigger part for the lovable weatherman in the sequel, Anchorman: The Legend Continues, due to begin filming next February or March.
“I have no idea. I kind of hope not,” Carell told us. “I feel that Brick is best taken in small doses. And I see it as an ensemble, aside from Will [Ferrell]. I hope it’s kind of the same setup as the first one.”
And after all these years, Carell seems to think that ensemble will be just as great together as the first time around. Read more…
Lil’ Kim has long been an artist who likes to make headlines with her looks as much as her lyrics. Ever since she first broke out of the Junior M.A.F.I.A. to begin her solo career in 1996, she’s been dressing up, and down in the skimpiest of outfits, exaggerating her features with all sorts of dramatic makeup, and catching our eyes with a variety of hairstyles and wigs and colored contacts. All the while, she’s also been altering her face under the skin with a number of surgical procedures. So, when she showed up in West Hollywood on Saturday to perform for the L.A. Pride festival and looked more like a latter day Charo impersonator than a Brooklyn rapper, we shouldn’t have been surprised. And yet, we kinda were. Because that face, that leotard, that makeup … it just took our breath away. Anyway, take a look at Kim’s evolving look, from 1996 to today, just to prove to yourself that this was not an overnight transformation:
Oh, thank you, HBO. For bringing True Blood back so quickly for season five after a too short season four, and for proving time and time again that any story worth telling is a story worth telling with at least one fully nude character in the scene. Last night’s season premiere had, by our count seven actors naked or mostly naked — and the sheer variety of situations that called for them to shed their clothing was quite impressive. The only downside: For some reason Joe Manganiello’s Alcide remained clothed for his two scenes. Maybe, with Magic Mike coming in a few weeks, he feared over-exposure of his abs? Joe, let assure you that this is impossible. Anyway, we thought all those nekkid bodies would provide an excellent framework for discussing the episode:
1. Jason Stackhouse answers the door to Reverend Newland completely naked, for no apparent reason. It did nicely contrast how confident he is with his looks, even after everything that’s happened to him, with how completely vulnerable he was once the just-turned vampire Newland glamoured him into inviting him in and then confessed his love. Then, adorably, covered in what looks like his grandma’s blanket, he tells the former anti-vampire crusader: “This dog don’t bark that way.”
2. A female werewolf changes into her (naked) human form to confront Sam about killing her pack master Marcus. She’s just as threatening as when she’s covered in fur. Sam chooses this odd moment to be ignorant of werewolf politics and takes the blame for Alcide.
3. After flying off as an owl, Sam arrives at Luna’s house and, of course is naked as he meets Emma and Luna on their doorstep. Inappropriate!
We interrupt these nude scenes for one opposite of nude scene: Pam in a Walmart sweatsuit. For all her bravado, the fact that she was willing to don that thing to be buried alive and turn Tara says so much about her love for Eric.
4. How many times on this show have we seen Sookie take a shower? A lot of times. This time was a real tear-jerker as she flashed back to young Tara saving her from school bullies. Sookie says she’s tired of supes interfering in her life, but man, she is hazardous to all the mortals in her life, too. This was a good way to remind us that, though to us she may have been a whiny, treacherous and super-annoying character whose death we maybe hoped for a little too hard, she apparently once had some redeeming qualities to make her deserving of Sookie’s and Lafayette’s love. Read more…
After seeing Paris Jackson and her brothers on a Jet Blue flight last Christmas, I’ve felt like I was in on a secret: Michael Jackson’s children have an enormous capacity to act like regular kids. I mean, she’s a “regular kid” with extraordinarily mesmerizing blue eyes, a tragic past and a lead role in an upcoming movie, but you get my drift. If you watched her interview on last night’s Oprah’s Next Chapter you might agree with me. Or disagree, because the 14-year-old also showed us that she’s incredibly strong and self-aware for her age. Anyway, here are some great, super-normal things we learned about Paris:
“People have tried [to bully me] but it doesn’t always work,” Paris said about the “drama” she faces in school. “A lot of people don’t like me. … Kids talk so bad behind my back.” We want to give these jealous girls quite a talkin’ to right now.She’s not allowed to date yet, but she can “date in groups,” like at the mall. (I freaking love that Oprah asked her this.)
She loves acting because “you can take on a new character.” What teenage girl doesn’t want to try on a new persona for size once in a while?
Here’s the #1 reason why I think people of all ages read young adult novels these days: No love feels as dramatic and earth-shattering as your first one. And though I’m pretty relieved to have left that first disastrous romance in my past, through fiction I can recapture that feeling anytime I want to. All summer long, here on VH1 Celebrity, I’m going to introduce you to my favorite new fictional boyfriends — the bad boys, the torn heroes, the sensitive types, the vampires, the demon slayers, what have you — and, naturally, the novels in which they’re waiting to seduce you on a hot, lazy beach day. First up is a boy I’ve been swooning over since last spring.
Who: Cassel Sharpe
From:White Cat, Red Glove and Black Heart, the Curse Workers trilogy by Holly Black
What’s His Story?
Unlike most of the boys I plan on covering here, Cassel is actually the main protagonist of the trilogy. We first meet him when he wakes up from sleepwalking on the roof of his boarding school dorm, and that happens to be one of the safest places we’ll ever see him. In Cassel’s world, a portion of the population has a genetic ability to work magic on others by touching them — these so-called “Curse Workers” can give people luck, erase their memories, make them fall in love, kill them, influence their dreams or, in extremely rare cases, transform them into something else entirely. Many Workers belong to mob-like crime families, like the one led by Cassel’s best friend Lila’s father. Cassel comes from a long line of con artists, and while he can work a con with the best of them, he thinks the Worker gene skipped him. He also thinks he killed Lila three years ago, though he has no memory of how. Read more…
You may not have realized this, but there has been a sea change of sorts in Hollywood: Lindsay Lohan and that kid from The Hughleys notwithstanding, most child actors are growing up just fine. Maybe those tales of the ’80s, were proper cautionary tales for everyone from Anna Chlumsky to Daniel Radcliffe. And that gives us hope for the two 13-year-old stars of Wes Anderson’s latest movie, Moonrise Kingdom, Kara Hayward and Jared Gilman. Also giving us hope: How smart and sweet they were when they got on the phone with VH1 Celebrity to promote the film, in which they play Sam and Suzy, who run away together (he from his scout camp, she from her home on the same remote island), enjoying a quirky adventure in nature while the adults in their lives frantically search for them.
So, what do they think about being “child actors”? “That sounds kind of fun!” said Kara, who lives with her parents and 9-year-old brother in Boston. “I definitely want to continue acting. It’s a lot of fun. This got me started, and I’m very happy to continue. I’m going to try and stay away from the bad rap [of other child actors].”
“I’m trying to be positive and nice to everybody,” agreed Jared, who lives in northern New Jersey. And the fact that both still live in their hometowns, with their old friends, seems to be keeping them in check, no matter the the fact that they’rein a hit movie co-starring the likes of Bruce Willis, Ed Norton, Bill Murray and Frances McDormand.
“My friends are really supportive of me, yet they also don’t want me to get a big head,” Jared said. “So they kind of keep me in check. They treat me like they would anyone else.” Read more…