So, we just got these two new stills from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and while we don’t want to look a gift horse in the mouth — thanks, Summit! — it’s really kind of hard to be excited about them. Except in theory. In theory, they are part of the slow build toward the movie’s release that will inevitably accelerate come fall, with piles and piles of clips and stills and interviews. And really, we like seeing Bella and Edward together as happy — if slightly apprehensive? — vampires. And Jacob looking, well, like Jacob. Put these photos next to The Feathers. And next to all of the images we’ve seen and screengrabbed and analyzed from the teaser trailer. This, like, redefines tease.
Actually, I think I know what’s going on here. Wild conjecture alert. The Twilight publicity team were just planning to take a nice breather before their big onslaught, but then they too heard all about Robert Pattinson’s and Kristen Stewart’s inadvertent competition at Cannes, and they thought, “Let’s just remind those folks of the Twilight franchise’s indie roots.” And then in the summer, they’ll let us see some pics that will remind us that Part 2 becomes “X-Men: Vampire Faceoff.” But seriously, we need some Renesmee photos, please. And maybe that arm-wrestling scene Kellan Lutz reminded us about. Damn. November is really far away.
[Photos: Summit Entertainment]
Emeli Sande doesn’t fit into a box. Her songs are powerful but sweet. The 24-year-old “Next to Me” singer’s voice reaches impressively high notes but maintains a honeyed tone. She was a med student at the University of Glasgow before dropping out to pursue music. And when the Scottish soul singer — and June’s VH1 You Oughta Know artist — stopped by VH1 yesterday, she demonstrated a similar contradiction in her style and manner. She wore got the bleached buzzed haircut and leather jacket of a tough girl, as she smiled so sweetly at our photographer and seemed embarrassed to admit that she didn’t know all the brand names of her awesome ensemble. No worries, we found it all out eventually. Scroll down for the details.
Maybe you fell in love with Jason Segel when he was Nick on Freaks and Geeks. Maybe you found him as Alyson Hannigan’s other half on How I Met Your Mother. Perhaps it took his perfect bromance with our other true love Paul Rudd in I Love You, Man. The Muppets might have been your thing, or his side-clutching “Kemper-pedic” mattress ad on SNL. Seriously, if none of those won you over, you have a cold, dead heart — and you are probably the studio head who told him to lose 35 lbs for The Five-Year Engagement.
We have our own theories about why we love the 32-year-old actor/writer/producer/composer/puppeteer. What we really wanted to do was get a second opinion on whether Jason Segel the man is as dreamy as all of his characters. And since Michelle Williams was busy, we spoke to Leesa Evans, his personal stylist as well as the costume designer for The Five-Year Engagement, Sarah Marshall and I Love You, Man (in addition to Bridesmaids, American Pie and many more impressive movies).
“I’ve known him since he was 19, and it’s nice to see him remain this humble, kind and good person,” Evans told VH1 Celebrity, explaining that she met him in his Freaks and Geeks days (she didn’t work on that show, but she’s part of the whole Judd Apatow crew). “Jason is a very kind and good human being. He cares about the people he works with a great deal. He takes a vested interest in the family filmmaking environment that we have … with this whole group of people that we work with so often.”
There was much to love about Glee’s much-hyped Whitney Houston tribute episode last night, beginning with the goose-bump-inducing “How Will I Know?” led by Mercedes that opened the show. We already knew Amber Riley’s killer pipes are perfect for powerhouse covers like that. And it was easy to ignore the obvious technical help Heather Morris received for her “Dance With Somebody” once Brittany and Santana started, you know, dancing. Special Brittany unicorn bonus points for sharing her dreams of Quinn dancing, flying and breathing fire. Also, we’ve been dying for another Klaine-centric story — and this one delivered tears and giggles as it taught the kids an important lesson about “lesbian bed death.” BUT … Maybe my expectations for this episode were too high, because I kept being distracted by the kind of awkward moments that always exist but normally don’t bother me on Glee.
- During “Dance With Somebody” and “It’s Not Right But It’s Okay,” the look switched to a super slick music video style, and yes, this has been done before, like for the Madonna and Britney episodes, but it felt jarring last night.
- Watching Blaine’s angry singing at Kurt, more than all the other times the Gleeks have sung out their relationship woes, really felt like we were stuck in the backseat of the car while another couple was fighting in the front seat.
Oh, Ke$ha. We love you because we secretly have been just like you at some point in our lives. Maybe it was just for a moment, or a year, but we can definitely look back and say, yep, we have wanted to dress in nothing but feathers and glitter, hoped the guy we met in a bar would just shut up and make out with us, written a hit song for Britney Spears and made our assistants dress in penis costumes for our amusement. And we definitely have had one or two desperate moments — stuck in traffic, wasted on St. Patrick’s Day, a Wednesday night in college, what have you — when we had no choice but to pee in the street. What we didn’t do was snap a photo of ourselves in the act and then tweet it out to the world. But maybe that’s just because we didn’t have Twitter at the time. Anyway, here is said amazing pic:
“pee pee on the street. PoPo come n get me if u can find meeee. I blame traffik,” the dollar-signed one tweeted late last night. And wherever she was, we sincerely hope the popo have better things to do with their time.
[Photos: Getty Images, Twitter]
Greetings, faithful readers and readers who accidentally stumbled here! You’ve probably noticed that “here” is a little different from what it was yesterday. The blog formerly known as TheFABlife.com is now VH1 Celebrity.
What does that mean, exactly? Well, if you’ve been following us for the past couple of years, not too much. We’re all about bringing you the latest celebrity news and gossip; red-carpet, on-set and on-the-street photos with keen fashion analysis; interviews with your favorite stars; in-depth looks at the upcoming movies and TV shows we know you’ll love and, of course, our own special flavor of pop-culture commentary. The VH1 Celebrity name just seems to encompass all that a little better than TheFABlife.
The old @TheFABlife Twitter handle has switched over to @VH1Celebrity, so you’ll notice a different name in your feed too. Our Facebook page will change shortly. And you can look forward to some more exciting (currently top secret!) developments in the months to come.
So, what do you think? We welcome any feedback in the comments below!
Bikini season is coming soon, people, but you should not be worried. Dwayne Johnson’s G.I. Boot Camp will whip you into shape just in time. Oh, what’s that? This is the new trailer for G.I. Joe: Retaliation, not an ad for the Rock’s new workout program? Maaaaybe. We do seem to recall seeing a lot of explosions and robots and an evil robot president impersonator guy (and only 2 seconds of Channing Tatum, which should be a federal crime, but whatever). But mostly, what’s sticking in our mind is some major inspiration to hit the gym right now. Here are the basic selling points of the G.I. Joe workout:
Looking this good in a simple T-shirt is difficult, but it is the best way to rally a group around your rogue operation to save the world. Roadblock (Johnson) will show you how.
Justin Bieber says his new album is all about self expression, so much so that he wrote a song about the most controversial incident of his past year. “I’ve written a song about that whole situation with that girl who said she’s having my baby, Mariah Yeater. I’ve written about my mom, loads of things I’m going through,” he told Heat magazine at a listening party in London on Monday. This was just two days after he tweeted about Yeater with a link to a clip of Borat saying, “You will never get this.” Which, before that, most of us had pretty much forgotten all about her, hadn’t we? She dropped the paternity suit against him back in November, and he took the paternity test anyway. We assumed, and a PR expert agreed, that this was because he wanted to shut the story down for good. So why bring it up again, Justin? Doesn’t writing a song about a crazy chick you never met just kind of encourage more crazy chicks to come out of the woodwork, in the hopes that you’ll write songs about them one day, too?
Our hearts go out to Jennifer Hudson today, after she took the stand to testify in the murder trial of her sister’s estranged husband, William Balfour, who is accused of murdering her mother, brother and nephew in 2008. Today is the first day of the trial in Chicago, and Hudson was one of the first witnesses for the prosecution. She spoke about how close she was to her mother, Darnell Donerson — they slept in the same bed until she was 16, and they spoke every day, which is how the singer/actress knew something was wrong on the morning the bodies of her mother and brother were found in their apartment.
“I noticed that — I’m looking to see the text from my mom and it wasn’t any,” she said, according to the Chicago Sun-Times. “I kept sitting there wondering, like that’s strange. That was the first thing I said, ‘My mom didn’t text me.’
“My sister called my fiance’s phone,” Hudson continued. “I remember it like yesterday, obviously. And he couldn’t understand what she was saying because she was so hysterical and I grabbed the phone form him and that’s when she told me.”
We can’t help but feel like the ups and downs of Giuliana and Bill Rancic’s lives are actually the plot of a movie. She was a young Italian immigrant who learned English by watching TV and then grew up to become a TV news correspondent. He was a young entrepreneur who got his big break as the first winner of The Apprentice, and of course, they met when she interviewed him. (This fact is pretty funny when you consider how hard she still keeps flirting with George Clooney during interviews.) They tried to continue this televised fairy tale by publicly chronicling their attempts to have a baby, eventually through in vitro fertilization, and then kept the world in the loop when she had a miscarriage in 2010. They were looking into several other options this fall, which is what led to Giuliana discovering she had breast cancer. That was just last fall, but Giuliana was quickly back at work following her double mastectomy.
So, this nicely crafted story naturally continues with a high point: The couple announced today that they’re expecting their first child via a gestational carrier (a woman implanted with Giuliana’s fertilized egg). “The stars were aligned,” Bill told E! of how they chose the carrier. “It’s been tough to keep it a secret. We wanted to share it with the world, we wanted to share it with the viewers who watch the Giuliana & Bill show, who’ve been with us on our journey, but we’re finally comfortable now. The doctor gave us the green light to go ahead and tell the world and that’s what we’re going to do.
“It’s the year of the Rancics!” Bill continued. We’ll say!
[Photo: Getty Images]