After weeks of speculation that she’d secretly had her baby girl already, the seemingly pregnant forever Jessica Simpson has actually, really, finally gave birth to her daughter with fiance Eric Johnson. “Eric and I are elated to announce the birth of our daughter Maxwell Drew Johnson,” reads a pink announcement on JessicaSimpson.com. And now we know why the singer/fashionista has looked like she was ready to pop for the past few months, Maxwell weighed in at 9 lbs, 13 oz. and is 21 and 3/4″ long.
“We are so grateful for all of the love, support and prayers we have received,” the announcement continues. “This has been the greatest experience of our lives.”
Between her healthy size and the name Maxwell Drew, we’re not sure if Jessica is following through on her plan to have a super girly girl. “I swear, I will croak if she asks me for a pair of Nikes instead of Christian Louboutins!” Simpson told Elle in March. “Eric is so athletic. We’re gonna have this athletic girl and I won’t even be able to take her shopping.”
We already knew Beyonce’s been working out like crazy since the birth of Blue Ivy Carter to get back to her fighting weight for her upcoming tour — but People’s Most Beautiful Woman doesn’t think that’s why she’s been able to shed so much weight in the past five months. “I lost most of my weight from breastfeeding and I encourage women to do it. It’s just so good for the baby and good for yourself,” she told People in the cover story — where she also strikes back at those ridic rumors that she faked her pregnancy.
Not that she entirely downplays her efforts to slim down. “I counted calories. I worked out maybe three to four times a week,” she said. “I did a lot of walking in the beginning and now I’m running. But I had to work my way up. I couldn’t just go right from being pregnant to running.”
Beyonce also talks about what she did before entering her ultra-posh birthing suite at Lenox Hill Hospital in January. She got an eyebrow wax and a mani-pedi, had her hair done and “my little lip gloss.” With the way the paps were (are) hounding her in those hours, we don’t blame her. She’s pretty sure all that prep work went out the window once she actually went into labor, of course. “But after many hours of labor, I could care less about anything but my child. I didn’t care how I looked.”
Is this the dawn of a new era? The 2012 MTV Movie Awards nominations were announced today, and we’re not sure whether to be surprised about them: The Hunger Games and Bridesmaids lead the pack, with eight nominations apiece; Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 and 21 Jumpstreet follow with six nods each; and The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 is way down on the list with only two nominations. After so many years of Twilight mania ruling the show, does this mark the end of an era? Maybe. But it’s also pretty obviously the result of the nominees being chosen entirely by a panel of actors, producers and other insiders rather than by fans as it was last year, when Eclipse lead the pack with eight nods.
Of course, Twi-hards should be relieved to see Robert Pattinson and Kristen Stewart in their time-honored slot among the Best Kiss nominees. As we predicted, they’ll be going liplock-to-liplock with Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence — along with Crazy, Stupid, Love’s Ryan Gosling and Emma Stone, Deathly Hallows’Rupert Grint and Emma Watson, and The Vow’s Rachel McAdams and Channing Tatum. When VH1 News caught up with Hutcherson last month, he didn’t think he had too much of a chance to beat Robsten.
Is it getting a little warm in here? It’s just the first of May, and we’re already fanning ourselves at our desk after putting together our own special Summer Movie Preview. We’ll leave the talk of comic books, green screens, box-office takes and mega-sequel expectations to some other sites, as we instead do what we do best: concentrate on those beautiful men and women on the big screens. And oh, there are a lot of them this summer. First, let’s take a look at the fine male specimens stepping up to save the world — from aliens, vampires, evil queens and other threats that somehow loom the largest between May and August.
In an excerpt from tonight’s MTV First interview with Battleship stars Rihanna, Brooklyn Decker, Taylor Kitsch and Alexander Skarsgard, the actors are asked perhaps the most important question of their careers: Is it frustrating not to be the only dazzlingly beautiful person in the room? The answer, predictably, is hilarious. Also, it reminded us of how truly funny Rihanna can be. (Of course, I had to watch this clip twice to gather that much, because the first time I was just daydreaming about raising athletic blond and brunette children on a secluded island getaway with my two new husbands …)
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Peter Sarsgaard welcomed their second daughter, Gloria Ray, on April 19, Maggie’s rep told Us Weekly today. Yep, you read that right; the Gyllenhaal-Sarsgaards are apparently excellent at maintaining their privacy and didn’t let this news out until they were absolutely ready. Also amazing is that the above photo, according to Splash News Online, was taken in downtown NYC on April 19, we assume just before the couple headed to the hospital. That face she’s making looks like she’s actually having a contraction on the street, too, doesn’t it. Probably not, because she’s just chatting in other pics. And because we imagine that if the photographer actually caught her that way, he would have chased them all the way to the hospital.
Gloria Ray (very fitting in that grandparent-y name trend) joins older sister Ramona, 5, in the Brooklyn based brood. We look forward to seeing them strolling through our neighborhood soon, and look forward to seeing Maggie cracking us up in the vibrator film Hysteria on May 18.
It’s 5 o’clock somewhere, so it must be OK to play this new drinking game I just came up with: “Never Have I Ever, The Girls Edition.” Because seriously, last night’s episode, “All Adventurous Girls Do,” was uncanny with scenes that caused me to flash back to things I maybe would rather forget. I’m not going to tell you which of these things have actually happened to me, but I think we can all play along in the privacy of our own home/office with this list of humiliating/sad/hilarious occurrences in the lives of Hannah, Marnie and Jessa. So here we go. Never have I ever …
… Inappropriately flirted with the father of the kids I babysat. Or at least thought about it.
… Dressed up as someone else for a late-night booty call.
… Sabotaged food as a diet trick and then ate it anyway. Read more…
It’s only Monday, and already I’m in super-rant mode, people. Gossip bloggers will not let go of this rumor that Taylor Swift got breast implants. Which, if she did, good for her. But the “evidence” is so highly suspicious — photos of her looking flat in a little bikini top and her looking like a healthy C in this dress; plus the fact that she went (gasp!) bra shopping last week — that we want to scream. Instead, we will calmly turn this into a public service announcement for all of the people who think that surgery is the only way women sometimes look bustier than they did before. Here are a few things you should know:
1. Bras. Sometimes, like in the photo on the left above, taken in Sydney this March, slim girls like Taylor don’t wear bras (and the rest of us are supremely jealous of this ability). Sometimes, like in the other two photos above, taken in early April at the Academy of Country Music Awards on April 1 and at Dianna Agron’s house last week, they do wear bras. The difference is often drastic. Especially if you’re wearing a fancy, boob-enhancing bra like the Victoria’s Secret Earth Angels push-up bra, which claims to make you look two cup sizes bigger. Amazingly, some blogs are pointing to the fact that Swift bought Earth Angels bras as proof that she went under the knife. Huh? Also, dresses like the one Swift donned for Agron’s little Shirley MacLaine birthday soiree last week have nice sturdy wiring that gives you curves.
2. There are also such things as cutlets and cookies and name-your-food-of-choice to give you a busty silhouette, when one is called for. Read more…
There are many ways to tell whether you are truly a New Yorker or just one of the millions just stopping through — and I’ve always contended that you really know you’ve arrived when you witness someone taking a crap in the middle of the street. We are not alone in this. And that’s why VH1 News asked the glamorous stars, from NYC and Hollywood alike, attending the Tribeca Film Festival for the past two weeks to share their grossest New York moment. Just so we know where they stand.
“I one day saw the entire journey of a turd,” Mad Men star Rich Sommer said. “I was walking through Union Square and saw a man creating it, and then I walked by later in the day and it was still there, and then I walked by like four hours later and it was gone.”
Malin Akerman defines gross a little differently. “For those New Yorkers that have never been to the Box…” she began, talking about the risque burlesque club. “If you want to call it ‘burlesque’ — I have seen some of the grossest things ever at the Box.”
Judd Apatow has scary, rather than disgusting memories of his childhood in the city. “I kind of remember almost getting robbed when I was a kid on 8th Avenue, but now 8th Avenue is like the Disney store,” he said. Read more…
We already think Josh Hutcherson did a great job as Peeta Mellark in The Hunger Games, but the kid’s got a lot of work ahead of him still. Catching Fire and Mockingjay are no walk in the park for the baker’s boy. So we’re very glad MTV and Pretty Little Liars star Lucy Hale took it upon themselves to help him keep his acting chops in shape by targeting him in last night’s episode of Punk’d. Hutch thought he was going out for coffee and lunch with two of his friends, but the friend in the driver’s seat realized their car was being followed and soon they found themselves being interrogated in an LAPD station. Through it all, Josh kept his cool in a way that would make Haymitch proud, even if he may have been freaking out on the inside. Here’s how we think this whole experience can help him enter the arena once more. (Warning: Spoilers for anyone who hasn’t read books two and three.)
1. Josh calmly identifies himself to the 911 operator (Lucy Hale), and doesn’t even mention the fact that the mysterious voice coming from a radio in the car has poked fun of his “dirty, one-size-too-small tank top.” Peeta is also used to being under surveillance and knows not to lose his cool in front of the cameras. Read more…