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Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows, Part I: One (Obsessed) Fan’s Review

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In the summer of 2009, I was completely unfamiliar with the world of Harry Potter but decided it was my pop-cultural duty to read the entire series and then watch the films. I accomplished this in four months. (That’s what happens when you rely on your local library which for some reason has a dozen copies of Goblet of Fire and only one of The Half-Blood Prince – your pop-culture duty is at the mercy of book-renewing 10-year-olds.) In the year between finishing the books and watching Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part I this week, I’ve been obsessed with the world J.K. Rowling created, and sought a replacement to fill the Harry-shaped hole in my heart. In that time, I read The Hunger Games, The Twilight Saga and The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo, knowing that I set an exceedingly high bar for them. I found out thousands of pages and one half-vampire baby later that there is nothing that can compare to Harry Potter.

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Paul Rudd And Jennifer Aniston: Co-Stars Then And Now

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The last time Jennifer Aniston and Paul Rudd starred in a film together, it was 1998 and the film was The Object Of My Affection, about a pregnant woman and her gay roommate, and Steve Zahn. The world was a simpler then. Will and Grace was barely a glimmer in NBC’s eye, so the concept was fresh. Big hats and bigger blazers on women were still cool. And Aniston wasn’t even married, let alone divorced and spinstery. And Steve Zahn co-starred in literally everything.

But it’s 2010 now and Rudd and Aniston are working together again on the upcoming film Wanderlust, directed by The State’s David Wain, and things have really changed. In this one, they’re an actual couple, for starters. Style-wise, big hats came, went, and came back again. (Blazers, not so much.) And most importantly, Paul Rudd has stayed just as hot and gotten way more famous. What’s unfair is how neither of them seems to have aged. Twelve years later, they both look amazing. Must be that secret Hollywood youth serum (coconut water mixed with ground up L. Ron Hubbard powder, we hear) that keeps them spritely.

For more photos of the actors on the set of Wanderlust, filming in New York City, check out our gallery.

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Jake Gyllenhaal And Anne Hathaway Nude Magazine Covers: Collect Them All!

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You might think Jake Gyllenhaal and Anne Hathaway shooting three different nude covers for Entertainment Weekly more a little ridiculous, but allow us to correct you. In the same way that Eskimos have dozens of words for snow, there are a variety of topless hugs that people, whether in love or merely amiable co-stars, can enjoy. On the left, we see the classic “romantic” shot, best recognized from the covers of Harlequin novels and books about erotic massage. Top right, we see a more earnest embrace, with the pair’s eyes aimed outward—this a favorite of couples where the wife is pregnant and neither person has any shame. Finally, bottom right, we see something less common: the ol’ “haha we’re amiable co-stars on the cover of Entertainment Weekly” shot spiced with the novelty of the celebs being bare-ass naked. This isn’t just a cheap way for the mag to hawk flesh, this is a chance for two shining young thespians to show off their range.

According to Jake, he and Anne will be showing it off throughout the upcoming Love & Other Drugs. “65 percent of the movie we don’t have our clothes on,” he told David Letterman last night. If the movie is half as titillating as they’re suggesting, at least 65% of the audience won’t have clothes on when the film eventually hits DVD.

[Photos: EW]

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The Hunger Games: We Pick Our Dream Cast

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The Hunger Games is poised to be the world’s next giant movie franchise, and we are counting the seconds (and days, weeks, month and years) until it’s in theaters – or at least in production. If you haven’t read the trilogy of young adult books, you’re doing yourself a maj, MAJ disservice. And don’t give us that “I don’t read books like Twilight, pass me the Jonathan Franzen” BS; hear us out.

The Hunger Games is nothing like Twilight (this is coming from a Twi-hard, mind you), it’s a sci-fi nail-biter that focuses on a post-apocalyptic America (Panem) that keeps its citizens in check with a Battle Royale-style competition made up of two teens from each of the country’s districts. It’s got tons of action with enough romance to make us never think about Edward Cullen again (okay, that’s an obvious lie, but you get what we’re saying).

Gary Ross has just signed on to direct the movie, which means casting should begin soon. Obviously theFABlife wants in on the the fun, and we’ve spent weeks agonizing over our dream cast. We’ve finally nailed down the peeps we envision bringing The Hunger Games to life and we’ve listed them below, complete with a gallery and deets behind our picks. We’re sure you’re going to disagree with at least some of them, so leave your own Hunger Games dream cast list in the comments. Maybe you’ll make us change our minds!

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FABLife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

Disney’s A Christmas Carol

Robert Zemeckis is the genius director behind the techie entertainments Back to the Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit? and Forrest Gump. For the last decade, however, he’s been obsessed with 3-D motion-capture animation, where animators create a computerized image around filmed actors. The results are often disconcerting, largely because of the meticulous accuracy with which physical movement is conveyed—but also because the eyes are glassy and the figures are kinda creepy. Dickens’ well-worn Yuletide fable wasn’t crying out for such treatment, but this is a success on several levels. For one, Carol is a properly thought-out 3-D experience, with different levels of action and every effect serving the story. This is especially true during a thrilling chase scene between Scrooge and a ghastly carriage that rivals anything seen in Inception. For another, the movie is held together by Jim Carrey. As well as playing a sniveling Scrooge, the comic also voices the three ghosts who scare some Xmas spirit into the old miser. Perhaps the biggest surprise, however, is that the authentic Victorian atmosphere—all chimney sweeps and goose fat—is accompanied by a sense of real fear, both of the shadows gathering around Scrooge and of death lurking right behind the Christmas tree. Always a master manipulator, Zemeckis has turned A Christmas Carol into the horror movie it cries out to be. With Gary Oldman, Colin Firth and Bob Hoskins.

Extras: The Blu-Ray disc features a feature-length picture-in-picture explanation of motion capture and an interactive Advent calendar. Standard DVD includes a making-of featurette and deleted scenes. Viewers are recommended to seek out the 3-D Blu-Ray for the full experience.

- By C. Bottomley

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Harry Potter Premieres In New York

The premiere of Harry Potter and The Deathly Hallows: Part 1 is exciting for so many reasons. Not only is the the penultimate installment of the beloved series, but it’s also the first time that the entire cast has completely come into their own and grown into adulthood and it’s (hopefully) not creepy for us to say that they’re a really good-looking bunch. The film premiered in New York last night at Alice Tully Hall and the cast and dozens of celebs (and their kids) were in attendance. And in a crowd full of fashion darlings like Sarah Jessica Parker and Lourdes Leon, it’s pretty safe to say the Emma Watson was easily the best dressed of the night in a slinky black number. Hermione Granger has officially gotten a makeover and she looks amazing.

We are seeing the film this week and are proud to say that we have never actually used the word “squee!!” for anything, but right about now we are totally squeeing our pants, We. Are. So. Excited. We can’t wait till Friday to discuss – are any die hard fans out there planning to hit up the midnight showing on Thursday? Let us know! And in the meantime, check out who attended last night’s premiere.

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Daniel Radcliffe Talks About Harry Potter Cast Tattoos

The cast of the Lord of the Rings trilogy famously got matching tattoos after shooting ended to commemorate the time spent in traipsing Middle Earth in elf-shoes, which seems like a fun way to bond over a life-changing experience. So when asked if he and his Harry Potter co-stars would  get tattoos too, Daniel Radcliffe was open-minded, saying “I suppose if everyone was doing it I’d probably as well.”

The actor told People that he would have some rules though about what exactly he would get inked on his body. “We’d have to be very specific about the design because I’m not having a skull, or any glasses, or a broom, or a Hogwarts crest – nothing like that. It would have to be something a little bit more idiosyncratic.” Might we suggest the words “I Must Not Tell Lies” on the back of your hand?

Radcliffe also joked about the idea, saying  “Rupert [Grint] said the other day that he’s going to get my face tattooed on him somewhere. So maybe I’ll just get his face tattooed on me somewhere. We’ll do sort of a swap.” We personally have never regretted the day we got our Ron Weasley tramp stamp, so we say go for it, guys.

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Bill Clinton Will Flex His Acting Muscles In The Hangover 2

This ex-president of ours never ceases to surprise us. And we’re talking about Bill Clinton this time, not George W. Bush, whose actions are never surprising anymore. First Clinton shocked us by actually having an opinion about Lil’ Wayne‘s release from prison and now he’s totally going Hollywood and has signed on for a cameo in The Hangover 2. In fact, the scene Clinton will be in has already been shot, as he was conveniently in Bangkok, Thailand this weekend, which is where the movie takes place. We can’t wait to see the film but we have to wonder if Bill saw the first movie (or, more importantly, the closing credits) and knows what he’s getting himself into.

Between the President’s guest role in this film and Hillary Clinton‘s recent hilarious interview on Australian TV, is is weird that we sorta want to hang out with these two now?

by (@JordanRuntagh)

Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows World Premiere!

Do you hear that? That’s the sound of Harry Potter fans around the world hyperventilating. The first installment of the two-part epic Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows opens wide next Friday, but the cast kicked off festivities last night with the world premiere gala in London. Leading gents Daniel Radcliffe and Rupert Grint looked dapper in dark suits, but costar Emma Watson stole the show (and our hearts) in a gorgeous black lace semi-see-through number. Scandalous! Perhaps she’s trying to catch Dan-Rad’s eye for Round Two of ambushing him with her lips. (jk, guys.)

Speaking of JK (*zing*), her majesty The Rowling looked dazzlingly elegant in a black gown. Helena Bonham Carter did not disappoint in her crazed Amy-Winehouse-On-A-Bender-At-Prom inspired outfit, and even Lisa Marie Presley made an appearance. Why? Because she could. Check out your favorite wizards, muggles and those-who-shall-not-be-named in the gallery below!

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FABLife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

Scott Pilgrim vs. The World

This big screen version of Bryan Lee O’Malley‘s slacker-centric graphic novel might be the best comic book/videogame/kung-fu/adult manga adaptation ever made. Pilgrim, played by Michael Cera like a puppy dog in a duffel coat, is a bed-headed bass-player who falls hard for the frosty, blue-haired Ramona (Mary Elizabeth Winstead). To win her heart, however, he must defeat her seven evil exes. Each bristles with more super-powered hoodoo than a Wii console made of Kryptonite. With each victory, he moves up a level in Ramona’s affections, but his band Sex Bomb-omb struggle for recognition from Toronto’s hipster class. Director Edgar Wright jumps to the film from cult comedies Shaun of the Dead and Hot Fuzz. He’s evidently having fun messing around in the Hollywood sandbox. Pilgrim is choc-a-block with split screens, quirky graphics and funny cameos from the likes of Chris Evans, Brandon Routh and the lady who played Cera’s girlfriend in Arrested Development. On the sidelines, Kieran Culkin breathes fresh life into the tired stock character of the gay b’s abrasive punk songs. A cult in the making, this is the Panzer Dragoon Saga of contemporary fauxhemian comedy.

Extras: The standard DVD features the usual array of deleted scenes, bloopers, commentary from the always erudite Wright. The Blu-Ray includes re-edited sequences, documentaries, production diaries and the Adult Swim cartoon Scott Pilgrim vs. The Animation.

- By C. Bottomley