“Twilight! Hunger Games!” Russell Brand called out throughout his MTV Movie Awards opening monologue, knowing it’d be the tried and true way to get cheers, no matter what tasteless joke he made just before. Not that we don’t love those jokes too, especially this time, when they took a decidedly self-deprecating turn. First, after he praised Justin Bieber for allegedly beating up a paparazzo, with a nod to his own phone-tossing encounter with a photographer.
“If, after recent events you think it’s hypocritical of me to joke about celebrities beating up a paparazzi, wait till you see what I have to say about short lived celebrity marriages,” Russell quipped. Which would have been funnier, had the show producers not cut away to Jennifer Aniston, making things just, awkward.
Russell then decided to pick on/praise Kanye West and Kim Kardashian for “taking the pressure off” him — Kanye for making headlines the last time Russell hosted an MTV awards show at the 2009 VMAs, and Kim for having an even shorter marriage end just before his did. He also encouraged the new couple to return to the skill that made Kim famous in the first place: making a sex tape. Only, he cautioned Kanye against drinking before turning on the camera. “Learn the lessons of the VMAs: When you’re drunk, you do have a propensity to pounce on unsuspecting girls from the rear with a bottle in your hand.”
Though he said Charlie Sheen was on hand to take even more pressure off of him in the crazy antics department, Russell provided one more joke at his own expense, reminding everyone of how he met Katy Perry when he hosted the VMAs. “Last time I did an awards show I did end up marrying someone that was there. I’ll keep my eyes peeled for my next wife. Fassbender, it has to be,” he said, eying Michael Fassbender in the audience.
The 2012 MTV Movie Awards kicked off, quite appropriately, with an influx of vampires, witches, wizards and werewolves. We love how Vampire Diaries star Kat Graham, who was MTV’s style correspondent for the evening, seemed to be channeling old-school cult fave Elvira with her black gown — the deep-cut neckline and shoulder pads seemed more suited to a vampire than Bonnie the witch, and that slit invited her to strike an Angelina Jolie pose or two, which seemed like just the right tone for the night.
Also having fun with her outfit tonight is Emma Watson who posed in a short, swirly-patterned gray-purple-and-black dress by Tabitha Simmons before presenting the trailer for her upcoming Perks of Being a Wallflower.
Twilight star Nikki Reed was another early arrival, in a shimmery gold number, followed by the werewolf pack’s very own Julia Jones in an, em, eye-catching lime-green cut-out dress. Early contenders for silliest outfit of the show: the Black Keys’ Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, whose footy pajamas make us very curious about their set. Stay tuned for much more fashion commentary and news!
Looks like Adam Levine found a way to soothe his broken heart after breaking up with his girlfriend of two years, Victoria’s Secret model Anne V: Dating another Victoria’s Secret model! The singer/Voice judge/super-hot-lady magnet was snapped kissing, holding hands and joking around with 23-year-old Namibian VS Pink girl Behati Prinsloo earlier this week, where he was attending a friend’s wedding.
While the Daily Mail brings up how awkward it’ll be in the dressing room for the next VS shoot, we would like to focus on something else: How absolutely adorable Prinsloo is. The model, who’s covered several European Vogue and Elle issues and posed for everyone from the Gap to Zac Posen, not only tweets out super cute pics of herself, she seems to have a blast in front of the cameras at red carpets and on the runway. Check out this little collection we put together, and insert a “Moves Like Jagger” joke here:
“The stuff that Charlize does in this film as the queen, she’s intimidating to meet in person, let alone when she’s there as the evil queen,” he said. “My first day was with her, and I felt pretty rattled trying to stand eye to eye with her. Originally it was supposed to be my first couple of weeks were pretty minimal. But then they called me the day before we started shooting and they were like, ‘Now tomorrow, we’ve changed the schedule and you’re going to be with Charlize in that big scene with the two of you.’ And I hadn’t even met her or rehearsed, and I didn’t even know the scene properly.”
Much to his relief, Theron is more seasoned pro than evil queen, however. “She’s just so good that whatever she’s trying to do to you, your character, you’re feeling it,” Hemsworth said. “You’re sucked into the moment. She’s a hell of a lot of fun.”
Hemsworth seemed to have a lot of fun with Kristen Stewart, too, as evidenced by his retelling of the story of her punching him in a scene — watch it all above. Then check out a video below to revisit all the great conversations Kate had with the SWATH stars. Read more…
It’s kind of all the rage to fight bullying these days — Lady Gaga, Glee, Demi Lovato, Ian Somerhalder — all our faves are taking on the mission. So is best-selling YA author Susane Colasanti, with her newest novel, Keep Holding On, about a girl who’s sick of being ostracized for being poor and stands up to her tormentors. Colasanti herself was once a bullied teen, and she, like some of us, remembers that pop culture’s battle against mean guys and girls is nothing new. Back in the day, there was a fair share of books, TV shows and movies that dealt with bullying. Here, she shares her top 5 favorites:
I was obsessed with both the book (by S.E. Hinton) and the movie in junior high. You would not have wanted to watch the movie with me. I was that annoying person who said every line of dialogue along with the characters. I slept with the book under my pillow, wishing for some sort of osmosis to transmit its magic into my brain so I could write a teen novel one day that would help readers the way that book helped me. How the greasers were always taunted by the Socs made my heart hurt. Ponyboy was my favorite character. I loved how he was into sunsets and colors and things. He hated how the Socs felt entitled to harass the greasers, especially since they were all just kids. Ponyboy summed it up best when he asked Cherry if she could see the sunset from the Southside very good. She told him she could. “You can see it from the Northside, too,” Ponyboy said.
The quintessential portrayal of a Pretty Perfect Popular girl clique. The clique includes three girls named Heather (Shannen Doherty, Lisanne Falk, Kim Walker) who rule the school. These Heathers are some seriously cruel beyotches. The fourth girl, Veronica (Winona Ryder), wants the Heathers to chill. When Veronica and boyfriend J.D. (Christian Slater) expose their shallowness and insecurities, the consequences shatter their whole world. Read more…
It’s all come down to this: Of all the steamy Best Kiss winners in the 20-year history of the MTV Movie Awards, you, dear fans, have decided that The Notebook and Twilight were the absolute steamiest. Not that we’re surprised, of course. We just wanted to give you a chance to say so. Now, though, as we try to see which of the two is the end-all, be-all of onscreen liplocks — and I’m nearly out of synonyms for kisses here, so thank goodness we only did three days of this poll — things are really unpredictable. Both are between two undeniably hot actors, both onscreen pairings lead to real-life romances, both movies are based on beloved novels. Both are either regularly re-viewed on DVD in your home or frequent stops on your weekend channel surfs. And both make our hearts pound and concentration difficult as we merely think about them right now.
A few things that differ: The Notebook kiss isn’t Allie and Noah’s first, the drama is in their reunion after suffering a long separation — the result of meddling parents and World War II. And the instant Ryan Gosling and Rachel McAdams run at each other in the rain you know they’re going waaaay past first base. Also, rain-soaked clothing basically trumps all.
Twilight’s kiss is Bella and Edward’s first, with all the initial awkwardness that entails. But there’s an added element of danger that makes things much more exciting, especially when they momentarily forget to restrain themselves. Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson are all kinds of hungry for each other, and we feel physical pain when Edward launches himself backwards to prevent himself from turning this makeout session in to a feast.
So, as we fluff up our couch cushions and get the popcorn ready for Sunday night’s MTV Movie Awards, you have one last chance to decide between these two delicious scenes. We don’t envy you this decision. Polls close at 5 p.m. on Sunday!
Will there be high-art snobs who hate the idea of a CW reality show about the lives of ballet dancers? Of course! But Salt Lake City’s Ballet West artistic director Adam Sklute was out to prove them wrong when he let his company be filmed for Breaking Pointe, which premieres this week. “I don’t believe that there should be a strong separation between high art and popular entertainment,” he told VH1 Celebrity. “And in fact, the whole reason for doing this is trying to meld high art with popular entertainment. The more we keep these two things separate, the more we keep ballet separate, and I want it for everyone.”
From the 1960s through the ’80s, Sklute pointed out, ballet was everywhere, and stars like Mikhail Baryshnikov and Rudolf Nureyev were as widely known as Tim Tebow and Jay-Z. With Step Up, Black Swan, ABC Family’s upcoming series Bunheads (and the YA novel on which it’s based), and even Kanye West’s Runaway video, it looks like tutus and tights are back in the mainstream. What’s different about Breaking Pointe is its down and dirty look at dancers’ lives.
“I think it’s also fascinating to see these people who so many people in the general public only see on the stage, and they don’t even look human on the stage,” he said. “To see them being very real and human is a fascination.” Read more…
OME. Just editing photos for our MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Smoochdown is raising the temperature in this office today. The things we do for you fans. Round 1 just finished this morning, and so we’ll say goodbye to worthy contenders Save the Last Dance, Brokeback Mountain, Independence Day and Shakespeare in Love in this grueling tournament to determine the hottest facesuckers of all past MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss winners. The victories leading up to this point were swift and decisive, but now it’s time to make some tough decisions for Round 2. Polls close Friday at 9 a.m. ET.
Blame It On the Rain: Spider-Man Vs. The Notebook Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst defied gravity, bad guys and the admittedly creepy factor of kissing a strange boy in a dark alley for this Golden Popcorn worthy makeout sesh. In interviews, Kirsten Dunst said the rain made it feel like she was drowning too. But all that discomfort didn’t discourage the Spider-Man co-stars to carry on their romance off-screen while filming the 2001 flick. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s drenched performance didn’t seem to require all that much acting in The Notebook — the two were also dating in real life. We really can’t blame them. But can we choose between them?
Whoa. We’ve heard Anne Hathaway sing a bit before. And we’ve seen her with that haircut. But we’re not sure any of that prepared us for her powerful “I Dreamed a Dream” performance in the teaser trailer for Les Miserables. (It seriously just sent me into flashbacks of dramatically waving fake French flags around our childhood living room and re-enacting all the dying scenes from the musical.) At the same time, the trailer adds a level of sophisticated movie magic that almost makes you forget this story has been told countless times since Victor Hugo first published his novel in 1862. That makes us extra excited for the movie’s December release, and for that reason, we’d like to cheer up Fantine, Jean Valjean and Co. Here are at least eight things that should make them just a little less miserable:
Once upon a time, long, long ago (OK, four years ago), the MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss category was hotly contested. That was before the Internet rose up and demanded that Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart demonstrate their dangerous love before a live audience on a yearly basis. Looking back upon the list of winners of this prestigious Golden Popcorn award, we are pretty impressed. Aliens, star-crossed lovers, American Pie stars, Will Ferrell and Sacha Baron Cohen — a lot of famous smooches have taken the prize. Check out the montage so lovingly cut together by our friends at NextMovie and you’ll see. We are starting to get antsy as we await this Sunday’s big show, so we thought we’d entertain ourselves, and you, by determining which of the past Best Kisses is the hottest. (Note, that is hottest, which is why we’re leaving out the silly ones like those in Talladega Nights and American Pie 2, and the cutest of them all, My Girl.) We selected eight contenders for our Ultimate Best Kiss Smoochdown. Round 1 begins now and ends Thursday at 9 a.m. ET.
Heroic Makeout Spider-Man vs. Independence Day
Are we the only ones who decided to introduce upside-down kissing into our repertoire after seeing Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst’s Spidey and Mary Jane go at it in a dark alley? Not judging by their Best Kiss win in 2003. Will Smith and Vivica Fox are underdogs in this competition — not that their gorgeously lit kiss in Independence Day didn’t make us long for some excuse to make Will Smith say goodbye to US like that — it’s just that the 1996 flick hasn’t been clipped and replayed as endlessly online, so it’ll take a minute to jog your memory as to why they took home the Popcorn in 1997.