What is it about a show following a foursome of fabulous women that makes it so compulsively watchable? Sex & the City, Designing Women, Girlfriends — the formula has been a proven hit, time after time. To figure out why, we of course have to refer to the OG of female foursome TV: The Golden Girls. Following the lives of sexy seniors raunching it up in a Miami retirement community, the multi-Emmy winner introduced the four archetypes that would be the secret sauce for the success of all it’s imitators: The Witty Everywoman (ie, the leader of the pack), the Innocent (ie, the lovable airhead), the Vixen (ie, the tart who’ll steal your man and giggle about it), and the Realist (ie, the wise-cracking shade-thrower). This combination? Ratings gold.
To celebrate Girls’ creator Lena Dunham’s first SNL hosting gig, let’s take a look at some of our favorite female foursomes in TV history. Sofia Petrillo forever.
During awards season, celebs feel like princesses. Between December and March, designers send stars endless dress options, jewelers practically throw baubles their way, and A-list stylists clamor to be the ones to pull it all together for them. It can be overwhelming, dizzying — and ultimately, for some, the pressure results in a totally ass-backwards Oscar night look (in 1999, Celine Dion took this literally, showing up in a backwards tux). And then there’s the phenomenon we like to call Big Night Fail, where even the most stylish actresses look dazzling for every other awards show, but trip up for the Oscars (we’re looking at you, Kate Hudson in 2001).
Ever since Lorde hit the Grammy’s wearing dark, vampire-esque lips, celebs everywhere have been popping up with heavy plum lipstick. This goth-lite trend is perfect timing, since it goes fabulously with midwinter pale skin (very Wynona Rider in Beetlejuice). Of course, some celebs look more Manson than others. Kylie Jenner and Rihanna manage to look uber-intense in the look, while Selena Gomez and Katy Perry seem to be playing dress up with their depressed girlfriend’s gloss.
Either way, we’re so into it. The best part? There are a ton of shades on shelves that flatter all skin tones. If you’re fair to medium, try a neutral plum like Revlon Super Lustrous Lipstick in Goldpearl Plum. Darker tones look fabulous in a deeper eggplant, like Smashbox Be Legendary Lipstick in Black Plum. In the meantime, crack open The Bell Jar, cue up your Morissey playlist, and check out the ten best “bleak chic” lips of the moment!
We’re so incredibly over this endless winter. Snowstorm after snowstorm. Sleet, ice, hail. Abysmal hair days. When will it ever end? The only thing that’s getting us through is shopping for cozy-toasty winter clothes. If it’s going to be negative nine degrees, we might as well look incredible, right?
It’s the morning after Valentine’s Day — time to come down off of our snuggly love high and face the harsh realities of real-life relationships. Sometimes they end. But when it happens to high-profile celebrities, more often than not, there’s a hint of over-the-top drama that makes the whole thing incredibly entertaining (yes, we have no souls). Whether they’re royals, politicos, or Hollywood stars, celebs can’t do anything halfway — especially when they know the world’s watching. So even the sad, tragic dissolution of a relationship can be a stage for indulgent excess.
Take Britney Spears and Kevin Federline. Their union was tacky enough — trucker hats on the beach, Cheetos at the gas station — but when you factor in rumors of drug use, infidelities, and BritBrit locking herself in bathrooms for days on end — the whole thing because downright gothic. Or what about Governer Schwarzenneger and his pristine Kennedy clan wife, Maria Shriver? Sure, affairs outside of marriage happen all the time. But it’s very seldom that an actual child is fathered — with the family’s housekeeper. The balls on that dude!
Here, we look back at ten of the most ludicrous, shocking divorces in celeb history. Grab your popcorn.
All awards season long, we’ve been salivating over Jared Leto. Not just Jared Leto, though — his hair. Sure, it’s a little odd that the sexiest ombre (ie, blonde-tipped brunette haircolor) in Hollywood is on the head of a man, but we’ll take it. And frankly, it’s no surprise that Leto’s hair is such a big deal right now. The Oscar-nominated actor-cum-rock star has always rocked, well…interesting hairstyles. As Jordan Catalano on My So Called Life, he had the quintessential mid-Nineties cut of hot, disaffected, post-grunge types (the grown-out shag). When he became 30 Second to Mars’ frontman, he ditched the “actor” hair for more rockstar styles, like roostery mohawks and the dreaded WBBs (White Boy Braids).
We have no idea with the renaissance man is going to do with his hair next, but no doubt it’ll be entertaining. Here, check out the Dallas Buyer’s Club star’s hairstyle transformation!
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Male celebrities live the life. Fawning fans, crazy cash, management teams that jump at their every whim. And if they’re particularly hot (even if they’re not), there’s always a slew of eager-and-willing women at their disposal. Which, it seems, can get them into eighteen years of trouble, if they’re not careful. Trouble in the form of a baby with their eyes and haircolor (or in the case of Mick and Steven, lush, puffy, rockstar lips).
Yep, paternity scandals go hand-in-hand with celebrity. Who can forget the two that emerged over the holidays? Dwyane Wade proposed to his longtime girlfriend, Gabrielle Union — and two minutes later a baby was born, to a woman who wasn’t her. Meanwhile, Ludacris’ “friend,” Tamika Fuller, sued him over child support for their newborn daughter, which came as a shock to his common law wife.
Will these guys every learn to keep it in their pants? No. Which is always entertaining for us. Here, check out ten insane celebrity paternity scandals!
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The Kardashians aren’t the only fascinating family in Hollywood (of course, the word “fascinating” is totally up for interpretation). TV has been putting high-drama celebrity families on TV for ages. The Osbournes, the Houstons, the Lohans. Guiliana and Bill. The screechy stage mama melodrama that was Brandy & Ray J. Even Hollywood heavyweight Mark Wahlberg is getting in on the action, starring with his mom and his bros Donnie and Paul in an unscripted A&E series about their family-owned restaurant, Wahlburgers.
But there are oodles of other A-list broods we’d love to see dip their pampered, pedicured toes in the reality waters. Who wouldn’t want to a voyeuristic peek at the lives of Will, Jada, and their fascinating kids (a Kylie Jenner-dating son who tweets damning critiques about our educational system; a jazz hands-y daughter who “whips her haaaair back and forth”)? And the Jolie-Pitts are a no brainer. All those gorgeous, perfectly curated children with inventive names and perfect hair!
Here, our votes for the ten Hollywood families we’d kill to see on reality TV.
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This year marks the 45th anniversary of Sesame Street, folks! Back in ’69, it was the only programming targeted to target to urban kids of all races and nationalities, and it’s still one of the most inclusive, progressive shows on the air. Oh, and their celebrity guest spots rule. Where else could you see Tina Fey as a “Pirate of the Can-Be-Reading” — complete with a merry band of Bookaneers — growling a song about the awesomeness of books? Or how about that Usher spot that went viral last fall, where he sang his own silky, croon-y version of the Alphabet Song with Grover, Elmo and Abby Cadabby (so catchy, it could’ve been released as a single).
From Ricky Gervais to Charlize Theron, we’re addicted to these superstar Sesame Street skits.
Movie couple chemistry is everything. A film could have an abominable script, be shot terribly, and have the dumbest trailer ever, but if we believe that the onscreen duo actually wants to rip each other’s clothes off, it’s a hit. Sadly, no amounting of perfect casting can predict whether or not a pairing will work. Who’s sexier than Brad Pitt and Catherine Zeta Jones? And yet, in Oceans Twelve, they behaved like they were just meeting after a few awkward texts on Tinder. And what about Natalie Portman and Hayden Christiansen in the Star Wars series? Their relationship was supposed to be so epic that it begat Luke and Leia — but the duo was so sexless that you almost believed their kids came into the world via immaculate conception. And we won’t even get into the wasted beauty that was Beyonce and Idris Elba in Obsessed…
Here, the ten terrible movie couples we love to hate.
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