In his profile of Justin Bieber for the June issue of GQ, writer Drew Magary spends the better part of four pages describing his frustrated attempts to do something other than a typical sitdown with the “Boyfriend” singer. (And by the way, none of it is very surprising for anyone who’s ever tried to interview the Biebs; his people are insanely protective.) But as you laugh or tear your hair out while reading the story, you will also find yourself swinging back and forth on the main premise: Is JB a “swaggy adult” as he hilariously proclaims, or is he a teenage boy? Here are some clues to help you decide:
Bieber Is a Boy:
His “people” won’t let him do any of the manly rites of passage things proposed, such as “drinking, smoking, drinking, going to a titty bar, gambling, drinking, shooting things, drinking.”
There are penises drawn all over the grease board in his studio. (We don’t know who drew them for sure.)
He (or his people) suggests boxing with the writer as an appropriate interviewing activity.
“Like every other teenager in the universe, Bieber evades questions by staring directly at the floor.”
He records temporary vocals on a track with a mouth full of Swedish Fish.
The second we saw Mark Salling and Cory Monteith dressed as Blaine and Kurt on last night’s Glee, some of us crossed our fingers that the whole two (!) hours would feature this silly stunt.
“It would have been a little bit of overkill [to swap characters for the whole episode],” Jenna Ushkowitz, whose character Tina set off the whole “Freaky Friday” sequence, told VH1 Celebrity this morning, when she stopped by for Big Morning Buzz Live. We were thrilled to see Tina get to show off her chops in full Rachel diva-mode, even if it was all just a dream, and hope that the actress gets more to do as a senior at McKinley next season.
You see that smile on Jennifer Lopez’s face up there? That’s the smile of a very, very successful lady. And one whose rise to #1 of Forbes‘ 2012 Celebrity 100 list we could not have imagined two years ago. But joining the judges’ panel on American Idol kicked off a renaissance that earned her $52 million last year, according to the magazine. That includes income from Idol, music sales, endorsement deals with Gilette and L’Oreal, a clothing line at Kohl’s, her new TV show Q’Viva with ex-husband Marc Anthony and this weekend’s new comedy What to Expect When You’re Expecting. All that made her shoot from #50 on last year’s list to the top of the heap. The list measures income from entertainment as well as “media visibility,” which explains how J.Lo beat out Oprah Winfrey, who is at #2 though she earned $165 million last year. Justin Bieber, who earned $55 million, is close behind at #3 (and earned the cover story of the magazine), and Rihanna is #4 with $53 million. Last year’s #1, Lady Gaga, slid down to #5 because she didn’t tour much in the last year, the mag’s editors explained.
So, yeah, in case you were still wondering why every pop star in the world is now also a reality show judge, you have your answer. Also, it is unfair that a woman that powerful and rich can simultaneously look this hot in a Vogue spread.
Hate to admit, but we’re kind of with TMZ on this one: It is just a wee bit disappointing to learn that Josh Hutcherson didn’t break his nose in a dramatic Hunger Games arena re-enactment, in a street fight to protect a damsel in distress, or in some kind of rough sport accident.
“It’s a deviated septum. I was born like that. I was 90 percent blocked in my right nostril and stuff,” he told the gossip site’s cameraman while walking in Beverly Hills yesterday. “I just gotta get it healed up and everything.”
This kind of contradicts what he tweeted last week about recovering from a broken nose, doesn’t it? Or, maybe he just meant that they had to break his nose to fix it? Well, we hope that while the surgeon was helping Josh breathe, he didn’t do anything to “perfect” his schnoz. That tiny bump gives him character! Read more…
Today we read Playboy for the articles. Or, one really, really long article. The mag’s interview with Tom Cruise stretches for five pages online and covers everything from his childhood motorcycle stunts to whether he’s had or would ever get plastic surgery (nope) to the time he sang “Pour Some Sugar on Me” for Def Leppard (amazing). If you are a Tom Cruise fan, you should read the whole thing. If not, we’ll just share the most interesting part for people who still can’t shake that image of the couch-jumping, Scientology-touting Cruise of 2005.
Asked if he feels like he was judged too harshly after the infamous Oprah outburst, he gives a relaxed (rambling) answer that concludes: “How harshly I’m judged or not judged, I don’t think about stuff like that. I feel lucky. I remember as a kid I wanted an adventurous life, and I’ve gotten it. So if someone judges me harshly, it’s okay. I don’t even judge them harshly for doing it.”
BUT that doesn’t mean he sits back and takes whatever the media will dish to him. “I remember back as a little kid, going into a new school. Always, you know there will be a guy coming up at you, and you just wait for it. The first day someone’s going to slam me against a locker, and then it’s on. I don’t want the fight, but it’s there, it’s happening.” Read more…
When Josh Hutcherson was snapped leaving a Beverly Hills plastic surgeon’s office yesterday afternoon, with a bandaged, swollen nose, we knew that he wasn’t getting that adorable mug tweaked for vanity reasons. He’d tweeted about breaking his nose last Wednesday. But because he hasn’t yet revealed how he broke it, fans and bloggers, like our pals at Crushable, have been forced to come up with some wild theories. This morning, we came up with our own, based on news via The Hunger Games Examiner that audition info has been posted for Catching Fire.
Our wild theory? There are some over-eager Finnick and Johanna wannabes out there, ambushing Hunger Games fans in hopes of gaining the attention of director Frances Lawrence for the sequel. No? We are crazy and trying to link everything in Hutcherson’s life to Peeta? You got us there.
Aaaanyway. On the Acting-Auditions.org, a notice lists the tributes that will be cast in L.A., noting that extras and stand-ins will be hired in North Carolina, where shooting will begin this summer (so the site says, but Lionsgate’s most recent press release said fall). Read more…
“I don’t know where I end and he starts,” Maya Rudolph brags of her lookalike boyfriend (OK, her) in the 2005 Saturday Night Live ad for “Me Harmony.” And we can’t help but wonder if that eerie feeling we get from seeing comedians standing next to themselves in drag is part of what inspired Elle’s art department to pose Kristen Stewart with masculine, slicked back hair and wearing a suit, looking on admiringly and possessively at a much more feminine version of herself, all sexed up in a bustier and leather skirt. Or are the magazine’s people big fans of Lady Gaga’s Jo Calderone act — particularly when the two romance each other on a piano in her “You and I” video? Was Gaga channeling Rudolph, Horatio Sanz and Rob Riggle? Cross-dressing ladies are no new thing (see: ancient history, Shakespeare), nor are stars who poke fun at the narcissism of stardom. But we think Gaga and KStew do a damn sexy job at portraying something so fundamentally creepy as romancing doppelganger, don’t you?
We have been getting our boxes of tissues ready for next week’s season finale of Glee — that show already brings us to tears, imagine what would happen if we had to say goodbye to most of its graduating seniors? — while crossing our fingers that whatever Ryan Murphy and company come up with for season four, it doesn’t become Saved by the Bell: The College Years. Now that bits and pieces of the plan have been revealed at the Fox Upfronts, we’re feeling pretty relieved and excited, actually. (Though there will probably still be crying, of course.) Network chief Kevin Reillyrevealed that the show will follow a handful of the seniors to a performing arts school in New York (though we don’t know if this is the famed NYATA or a rival, like Julliard?), and there will be some kind of “show-within-a-show” format. That lines up with what Chris Colfer (Kurt Hummel) said this morning on Big Morning Buzz Live.
“We will all be back in some capacity, I believe,” he said. That sounds like some castmembers might be coming back only occasionally — which, good, because how ridic if they all went to the same school?
Amber Riley’s tweet last week, saying she “Just closed a chapter in my life, the only thing I’ve known day in and day out for three years,” sent Gleeks into a panic that Mercedes and her killer voice would not be a part of the returning pack. But she backtracked on Thursday, writing, “My tweet apparently has been misconstrued. I was not confirming I was leaving the show. Just stating that I would miss being in the classroom everyday with the cast and that would be changing. Thanks for the support guys :)” Read more…
The cast of Snow White and the Huntsman capped off three days of interviewing, cavorting through castles and baby-delivering with a live-streamed red carpet premiere in London’s Leicester Square. After walking up and down the carpet to sign tons of autographs for fans, Charlize Theron thanked them all for braving the cold weather, without ever once complaining about how she herself felt in her sleeveless, ultra-sheer, black Christian Dior Haute Couture gown. We’re not sure if the lacy silver and black Marchesa number Kristen Stewart wore provided much more warmth, but it very much suited the gothic-fairytale look of the film. Actually, Kristen told reporters that what would surprise viewers is how beautiful the lighter parts of the movie are, and praised director Rupert Sanders for creating “a world I wanted to live in.” What she had to say about her character is basically everything her fans adore about Kristen herself: “Her strength isn’t about her size; her strength is her mind and heart.”
Every Sunday night for the past four weeks, Anna Chlumsky and Julia Louis-Dreyfus have made us grateful that the office we have to head to on Monday morning is nowhere near as stressful as theirs on Veep. For that (and for all the laughs it provides) we thank them. Incidentally, Chlumsky feels our weekday pain. We’d forgotten all about this, but when she stopped by the office last week for Big Morning Buzz Live she reminded VH1 Celebrity of her two years in the publishing world.
“First, I was a fact checker for Zagat and then I was an editorial assistant for HarperCollins publishing house,” the My Girl star, 30, said of her jobs after graduating from the University of Chicago, and she actually enjoyed those gigs. “Especially publishing. … But it’s not what I was meant to do.”
We’re pretty glad Anna’s back on our screens as the vice president’s sharp-witted chief of staff, as is she. We wondered, did she pick up any working girl habits that she uses on the show?
“You can ask any set decorator on any set where I’ve had to be in an office, I always kind of claim it — I put Post-its everywhere, and I kind of make it look lived-in,” she said. “But it’s nice not to have to come back there the next day at 9 in the morning.”