As you book your brunches, scramble to order flowers, pick out the perfect card and all those other things you have to do before Mother’s Day this Sunday, we had a little revelation: Maybe our moms should be thanking US for a change.* We have arrived at this conclusion because of the very wise words of celebrity ladies, who, shockingly, appear to really, really like having children. The latest comes from a tweet brand-new mom Jessica Simpson wrote last night: “I am so in love with baby Maxwell. I want to cry every time I look at her. Motherhood is by far the best thing I’ve ever experienced,” she wrote.
Interesting fact: Jessica may have cribbed this line from someone else. Or all of the people. But specifically, Miranda Kerr who said this year of having baby Flynn: “I love it, I really love it. … He’s the best thing that ever happened to me.”
Among the many things that have been bugging us about Glee this season — how high school students are able to apply to college in May, the inconsistencies of Coach Sue’s character, the picking up and dropping of potentially great love stories like Sam and Mercedes’, the underuse of NeNe Leakes — the increasingly Lego-man-like quality of Blaine’s (Darren Criss) hair wasn’t necessarily the one that needed fixing first. But it was hilarious to see addressed head-on, and not just from another snide Sue Sylvester nickname. Brittany’s (Heather Morris) ban on hair gel at the prom was almost as brilliant as her dinosaur theme. And it was refreshing to see Blaine show his weakness, a chink in his perfect boyfriend armor, since he’s always the one helping Kurt get over his insecurities. That the cause of his weakness was his “broccoli head” made us have hope that the show could one day fully regain its quirky sense of humor. We are talking way too seriously about a site gag. But that’s just because we don’t want to think about how much last night’s episode made us despise Rachel.
So, back to the funny. New York magazine’s Vulture alerted us to the above Twitter photo of Darren Criss in his pre-Glee, full broccoli, Harry Potter StarKid days. Is it just us, or does he look better with curls than with a plastic helmet? Here’s a great gif of the de-gelled Blaine at prom, courtesy of the Topblainestan Tumblr:
We’re already on record as loving Kate Upton’s entry into the gold trend at last night’s Met Costume Institute Gala. The Michael Kors gown looks like liquid on the Sports Illustrated cover model. But today the girl is getting a lot of flak from critics for her overall look at the event, particularly because she apparently paid her own way — $25,000 — to attend, according to the New York Post, presumably so she could start making her mark in fashion. Or because she really believes in the museum’s mission?
The Daily Mail asked, “Where did her natural beauty go?” in its story, slamming her darkened eyebrows and slicked-back bun for making her look like she’s “playing dress-up.” And The Sun said she looked “shiny and frumpy.” Frumpy … compared to the “Cat Daddy” video? Bloggers got in on the game too, with DIYFashion saying, “Kate failed to wow the crowd when she hit last night’s fashion affair in a face full of heavy, aging makeup complete with an unflattering gold sequin Michael Kors gown.”
We’re not sure what to think — it’s nice to see the girl take some risks and try different looks beyond sex kitten and wide-eyed, corruptible girl-next-door. And we kind of like that she shows the tiniest bit of belly roundness too. So, it’s your turn to weigh in.
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It’s a sad day for everyone who ever put on a wolf costume, got sent to bed without dinner and/or dreamed of being fierce rulers of our own private island. Maurice Sendak, author of Where the Wild Things Are, died early this morning at age 83 of complications from a stroke, according to the New York Times.
In 1963, when he first published the story of rebellious Max and his adventures as the king of a tribe of monsters, it was a huge departure from the safe Dick and Jane world of children’s literature. Now generations of us will recall identifying with Max’s anger, fear, euphoria and melancholy — for some of us, it’s the blueprint for the way we’ve wanted to feel about every fictional character that follows.
Sendak himself had a curmudgeonly, Max-ish reputation, which probably initially grew from growing up an underprivileged, gay Jew in Brooklyn. It also made for a hilarious interview with Stephen Colbert in January, as he railed against ebooks, mice, celebrity children’s books authors and Newt Gingrich.
“I didn’t set out to make children happy!” he said. Sorry, Maurice, you did.
Awards season seems like eons ago, doesn’t it? It’s been so long since we’ve seen some of our famous celebrities shine and fail miserably on the red carpet. Thank the culture gods that the Metropolitan Museum of Art’s Costume Institute Benefit Gala is tonight! We can’t freaking wait to see all the ruffles and neon and feathers and weird poofy things everyone will wear in the name of high fashion. This year’s event is to celebrate the “Schiaparelli and Prada: Impossible Conversations” exhibit, so we expect to see plenty of homages to the former, an Italian designer from the 1920s to the ’50s, and yes, a whole lot of Prada. While we wait for the festivities to begin (and they’ll be live-streamed on MetMuseum.org) let’s look back at some of our fave celebrity getups from 2010 and 2011. We saw daring styles on Kristen Stewart, classy looks on Gwyneth Paltrow and Emma Watson, over-the-top show-stoppers from Katy Perry and Rihanna, and some unusual risks from the likes of Kristen Bell and more. Enjoy the gallery and then come back here for more photos, video and interviews from tonight’s event.
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Obvious statement of the century: We covet all of the clothing on Mad Men. Costume designer Janie Bryant is a genius, and even Peggy Olsen’s most embarrassing outfits would be welcome in my closet. But last night’s episode, “Lady Lazarus,” which focused largely on Megan’s (Jessica Pare) decision to quit the advertising industry and pursue her acting dream, stood out for me. Maybe because it marked a bit of a turning point — where Christina Hendrick’s Joan and January Jones’ Betty were the women we all wanted to be (at our next fancy dress party, or maybe just for Halloween), Megan has stepped up to take their place with her younger blend of Bohemian and European style. Bryant was busy for episode 508, dressing Megan in three different jackets, about four dresses, a nightgown and casual pair of cigarette pants. And every time she entered the room, I gasped aloud: “Want it now!” Good thing it’s spring and I don’t really think I could wear that plaid coat or houndstooth wool dress for months or I’d be ditching work to go shopping. But come to think of it, I could really use a green slicker right about now. Check out some screencaps from the episode, along with her other great outfits from season five. Just taste it!
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The second we saw photos of Lindsay Lohan out to dinner with Woody Allen and wife Soon-Yi Previn in New York City on Friday, we immediately started dreaming up ways he could help revive her career. The director and actress have been friends for years, sources told TMZ, and he may be considering a project with her. And if any director understands the value of having a good hit after being a tabloid punching bag, it’s Woody. So what kind of role would suit LiLo best? Here’s a look at four of our favorite women from Allen’s oeuvre that could be excellent models for her part:
Annie Hall: Sorry to be obvious, but Diane Keaton’s Annie is the quintessential Woody Allen woman — at least she was for most of his movies in the ’70s and ’80s. She’s sexy and talented, but also neurotic enough to be a match for Allen. Lindsay’s no WASPy ideal, and her stumbling reads on SNL have us worried about her rattling off that nervous-energy dialogue — but she’d look great in the menswear.
We’re not even sure whether we should be helping this story to spread, for fear it may cause copycats: At an event honoring CNN host Piers Morgan in Los Angeles on Friday night (as part of BritWeek), Morgan shared the story of how his former fellow America’s Got Talent judge Sharon Osbourne once pranked him, according to the New York Daily News. While traveling on a private plane with Osbourne, AGT judge Howie Mandel and host Nick Cannon, Morgan said he woke up to find Osbourne’s naked breasts dangling in his face. He called it “a scene from Dante’s Inferno” and the “world’s worst nightmare.” That’s hardly fair to Osbourne, who has admitted to paying good money for those nightmares!
OK, we kind of love this story — it’s proof that even though Sharon’s gone from planning Ozzfest with her metal god husband to co-hosting The Talk to entertain housewives, she hasn’t lost her wild side. Also, it makes us aware that TV personalities on private airplanes behave just like we did on the bus during high school field trips.
The Avengers is raking it in at the box office this weekend — it already has the highest midnight opening of a comic-book movie — and even though it’s probably not going to break that many records, we’re pretty sure Robert Downey Jr. and company are at the top of Marvel’s list of real-life heroes. At the red-carpet premiere of the movie last week, we decided to let the stars get a little sappy and share who their heroes are. Get ready to “awwww.”
“My mum and my dad,” Tom Hiddleston, who plays villain Loki, told VH1 News without hesitation. “Just because they’ve taught me everything I know really about life. They haven’t consciously taught it to me, they, they’ve just, uh, lead by example. They’re intensely good people, with a great deal of kindness and humility. It’s only now that I’m older that I can appreciate it.”
Clark Gregg also praised his Stanford professor father, “who’s dedicated his life to exploring different religions in a way that breaks down the imagined barriers,” along with President Obama. “I’m gonna come out and say that I’m a big fan of Barack Obama,” he said. “I don’t think he had a perfect first term but I believe, I like the things he believes in.”
In the last few years of his too-short life, you were as likely to find Adam Yauch, a.k.a. MCA of the Beastie Boys, on the red carpet of a film festival as in the studio or onstage. As happens with many artists who find success at an early age, Yauch found new outlets for his talents, and they amounted to much more than mere hobbies. Sure, we’re blasting Beastie tunes nonstop in the hours after we learned of his death at age 47 today, but we’re also looking back at his non-musical accomplishments too.
Nathaniel Hornblower, The Director
As his alter ego Hornblower, a Swiss goat herder, Yauch directed a number of Beastie Boys videos, and quite memorably stormed the stage in costume at the 1994 MTV Video Music Awards to protest Spike Jones’ not getting the Moonman for “Sabotage.” He was also rather outspoken in other outlets, such as the letter to the New York Times posted on his bio on Oscilloscope.net.