This is not a story about blame or victimization or betrayal — this is about turning lemons into lemonade, Hollywood style. Radar reports that Rupert Sanders‘ wife, Liberty Ross, is reaping the benefits of her husband’s “indiscretion” with Kristen Stewart. And this is one rumor that totally makes sense to us. Previously, Ross was well known in European fashion circles as a model and occasional avant garde filmmaker — she’s done covers in major magazines and writes her own Vogue U.K. style blog — but her mainstream acting career was pretty under the radar. Until the day her husband and his Snow White and the Huntsman star were plastered all over the tabs, of course. Then everyone, VH1 Celebrity included, was Googling her name, discovering her small roles in SWATH and W.E., admiring her exotic look on her website, generally wondering who this 33-year-old mother of two really is. And, Radar claims, some of those searchers were casting directors.
“The scripts have been flooding in, and she has already received audition offers on the back of Rupert’s affair,” a source told the gossip site. “Liberty is delighted that she’s being finally recognized, she wants to pursue a career in the movies and is desperate to make more. She would of preferred if it had happened in a different way, but press is press.”
Whether or not that’s a credible source, it’s a credible statement. And after seeing Ross make an appearance at the Lawless premiere last week (pictured above) — she’s friends with singer Nick Cave, who co-wrote the screenplay — we can tell she’s ready to take advantage of the spotlight, whatever the reason it’s being pointed at her. Good luck, Liberty!
The hot sun, the warm sand, the intoxicating scent of bug spray: yes, the summer time is prime time for hook-ups, both celebrity and original flavor. From the clam-chowder-and-madras-plaid love of Taylor Swift and Conor Kennedy, to the surprise engagement of Avril Lavigne and Chad Kroeger (their wedding is going to be designed by Hot Topic, right?), check out our favorite hook-ups from summer 2012, and wish you hadn’t spent the last three months inside on your computer:
Clear out your desk, James Franco! Looks we got a regular Daniel Day Lewis on our hands. (Gangs of New York Daniel Day Lewis, not My Left Foot Daniel Day Lewis. Let’s not get crazy.) You know who is getting crazy, though? Shia LaBeouf, as he tries out a bunch of edgy method acting techniques like actually dropping acid for an LSD scene in his upcoming flick The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman. “There’s a way to do an acid trip like Harold & Kumar, and there’s a way to be on acid,” the actor told USA Today about the experience. “What I know of acting, Sean Penn actually strapped up to that [electric] chair in Dead Man Walking. These are the guys that I look up to.” Jeez Franco, how are you going to top this? Drinking a little salvia in About Cherry just isn’t going to cut it next to Shia!
LaBeouf’s intensity seems to have started with his naked Sigor Rus video, and the nudity has only continued. “I don’t know what’s going to be asked of me,” the actor said of having actual sex in Lars Von Trier‘s upcoming Nymphomaniac. “But I’m willing to do whatever is asked of me to get closer to the truth that’s on the page.” Frankly, that makes the fact LaBeouf was drunk while shooting Lawless look downright normal. “He says go off for five minutes through the woods and get there,” Shia said of director John Hillcoat instructing him to booze it up. “It took away a lot of my inhibitions, just made it easy to actually be in the scene, and in the moment.” Cut to Jame Franco frantically researching whether he can somehow give birth on-camera. If anyone can do it, it’s you, James. It’s you.
Some days, there is so much foolishness going on in the world, it’s all we can do not to collapse onto our fainting couches and fan ourselves with one hand. That was our immediate reaction upon reading that Olympic gold medal winner Gabby Douglas had to deal with racism from her fellow gymnasts on her way to the top. “I felt [I was] being bullied,” Douglas revealed to Oprah on yesterday’s Oprah’s Next Chapter about her time training at her home gym in Virginia Beach. When her teammates were asked to scrape the balance bar, for example, “They’re like, ‘Why doesn’t Gabby do it? She’s our slave.” Great slavery joke, you guys! If only you were as good at being a human being as you are on the uneven bars!
Recalled Gabby, “I definitely felt isolated. I felt, ‘Why am I deserving this? Is it because I’m black?’ Those thoughts would go through my mind.” Of course, we probably shouldn’t be too surprised that the Olympic gymnast had to deal with all this; the kerfuffle over Gabby Douglas’ hair during the Olympics made our eyes roll so far back into our heads, we had to use a dust buster to pull them out. Eventually the bullying got so bad, Gabby’s mom Natalie Hawkins explained, “She said, ‘I’d rather quit. If I can’t move and train and get another coach, I’d rather quit the sport.’” Luckily Gabby was able to move to a gym in Iowa to work with Shawn Johnson‘s coach Liang Chow, and the rest is history. It is literally world history, and no one can take that away from her. Meanwhile, if we were Gabby, we’d be so tempted to slowly drive past our old gym wearing our gold medal, but she’s probably way too classy for that.
Last we heard, Rihanna was lamenting her single status (and apparently trying to let Chris Brown and Karrueche Tran do their thing), and Rob Kardashian was dating Rihanna doppleganger Rita Ora. So what were Rob and RiRi doing on Saturday night? It kind a looks like they were on an old-fashioned high school date — go-karting at Racer’s Edge Indoor Karting in Burbank, California. Then again, they were out with other friends too. According to the Daily Mail, Rihanna was totally schooling Rob on the track.
Part 2 of the date was a little more “adult,” as they continued on to the Playboy Club. Rihanna flipped off the paps during the outing, so maybe she was upset they were spotted together. Or maybe it was an innocent night out with friends — they did arrive at the club separately, after all. Read more…
Once you’ve allegedly referred to your friend/former That ’70s Show costar as your “little wife,” chances are everyone is going to start monitoring your dates with a focus approaching laser intensity. (Especially if you, you know, still technically have a wife somewhere.) Such was the case this week when Mila Kunis and Ashton Kutcher attended a Dodgers game with Mila’s parents. The two are admittedly a super-hot couple, which is probably why Mila held a baseball cap over their faces when they shared an intimate moment. But were they definitely kissing? The pervert in us says yes, but there are plenty of reasons why two adult human beings would hide their love under a sweat hat. For example, maybe the Dodgers politely asked Mila to cover up, as her beauty was distracting them at a pivotal point in the game. Or maybe Ashton wanted to show off his new tongue ring, or…
But…but we still have a drawer full of Live Strong bracelets we were planning to wear! We couldn’t have been the only ones shocked to hear Lance Armstrong was stripped of his seven Tour de France titles by the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency today over his alleged use of illegal performance enhancers, right? Or the fact that Lance was also banned from the sport of cycling forever. “I have been dealing with claims that I cheated and had an unfair advantage in winning my seven Tours since 1999,” Armstrong wrote on his site last night. “Over the past three years, I have been subjected to a two-year federal criminal investigation followed by [an] unconstitutional witch hunt. The toll this has taken on my family, and my work for our foundation and on me leads me to where I am today – finished with this nonsense. ” Us Weekly notes that while Lance has never been convicted of doping, he has allegedly done steroids during his career, an accusation that several of his teammates testified about to the agency. So…is this a case of “if there’s smoke, there’s fire”? Or is the smoke just burning rubber billowing off Lance’s bike as he blows past his competitors? We don’t know what to think!
In case you weren’t sure how to react to the Armstrong bombshell either (suggested emotion: bummed either way), Ryan Lochte has a few thoughts on the subject. “If Lance is innocent, it’s a sad time in sports history,” the Olympic swimmer told Celebuzz.“I know that it would be awful to go through all of that. I don’t have first hand knowledge of all the facts in the situation [and] I don’t like making assumptions based on what the media reports. None of us will know, so ultimately none of us should judge…. There’s always two sides to the story. I do feel that there should be zero tolerance for anything that artificially enhances performance. But it should not take years after seven wins for this to be so heavily investigated and debated.” Declared Armstrong on this site,”I know who won those seven Tours, my teammates know who won those seven Tours, and everyone I competed against knows who won those seven Tours. We all raced together.” Now that Armstrong is out of the game, we guess we’ll just have to turn our eyes to another cycling great for guidance. People like…um…oh, what’s his name…and the other man…the one with the thing…oh yikes. Lance, wait! Come back!
With over $250 million in the bank, Tom Cruise’s split from Katie Holmes could have resulted in a divorce payout of McCartney proportions. However settlement details leaked on TMZ reveal that homeboy got off pretty easy, leaving the vast majority of his millions untouched. After five years of marriage, Katie walks with just $400,000 child support for six-year-old daughter Suri. That might seem high at $33,333.33 a month, but Suri’s got a wardrobe to keep up, people! No Oshkosh for her.
These support payments will continue for 12 years until she turns 18. Tom is also responsible for paying Suri’s medical, insurance and educational costs, but that’s pretty much it; Katie personally gets nothing from the settlement. Aside from the complete Mission Impossible DVD boxed set, maybe. But she did score a sizable victory but getting a clause in the settlement stipulating that Suri cannot attend a residential school. We imagine this was placed in the agreement to avoid any kind of Scientology-related educational disagreements the ex’s might have.
And just like that, TomKat was gone…Head on down to the gallery and take one last look for the road. But don’t worry Celeb fans: We’ll always have Suri.
The news ofKristen Stewart becoming the face of Balenciaga’s new fragrance “Florabotanica” was released back in June. The campaign shot released soon after and K.Stew killed it looking as high-fashion as they come, but still herself, if you catch our drift? The photograph stayed true to her image, and it wasn’t like looking at someone who had changed everything about themselves for an endorsement deal. This was all pre-Rupert Sanders-hook-up scandal, though and there was talk that Kristen had been dropped as the face of the brand because of all the negative publicity. She was absent for the video commercial, which is where people started talking even more. But The Cut published a story stating that the video was released a full week (July 19) before the scandal broke, so it wasn’t because she was having issues with her contract (they checked the time stamp on the video.) Balenciaga has silenced all those rumors themselves now by putting that advertisement you see above in the September issue of Elle Spain. Artfully black-and-white with a pop of color through the floral motif above her arm, Kristen’s striped top looks like its paying homage to the cap of the fragrance bottle, which is also striped. We love it! Do you?
Kathy Lee! We thought you’d be a blast at weddings, not a wet blanket. We envisioned you doing the Electric Slide shoeless with an open bottle of merlot, not peeping on Taylor Swift in order to blow up her spot afterward. “Why can’t I stay out of trouble? I was just a guest at that wedding. [Kyle Kennedy] is actually my granddaughter by marriage ,” Kathy Lee admitted on Today…today. Gifford went on to confirm that, yes, Taylor Swift didcrash Kyle Kennedy’s wedding with her beau Conor Kennedy just like the bride’s mother Victoria Gifford Kennedy claimed and, no, Kathy Lee Gifford could not stop herself from blabbing about it to the press. “The truth is, because I was there, Vicki’s account is accurate,” Kathy said, explaining that the singer was asked to leave the nuptials “twice.” Yikes, Taylor!
We guess that begs two questions: 1) Why did Swift straight-up ignore the mother of the bride when asked to leave? and 2) What is the point of continuing to badmouth Taylor after the fact? Write a few passive aggressive emails, wait for Swift to send a one of those amazing KitchenAid mixers as an apology and get over it. “I didn’t know there was any drama going on at the time until I spoke to Vicki,” Gifford said. As Kathy Lee pointed, “It’s the bride’s day, and that was Vicki’s other concern. ‘This is my daughter’s day and I would appreciate it if you would not come.’” We guess we understand that. We’d probably shove the bride to the ground if scrambling over her in the middle of the ceremony meant we could get an autograph from Miss Taylor Swift