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.


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.


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


Rachel McAdams Looks Gorgeous At Morning Glory Premiere

We have an irrational love for Rachel McAdams, so forgive us if we fawn over her for a moment, we think she looked great at the premiere for her latest film last night. McAdams is currently starring in Morning Glory, which looks to be the kind of movie you and your parents will end up seeing together over Thanksgiving because while it stars McAdams and hot hot Patrick Wilson, it also has Diane Keaton and Harrison Ford to bridge the generation gap. (McAdams and Keaton already starred together in The Family Stone, and dammit if that’s one of those good-bad movies we can’t help watching that every time it’s on HBO.)

While we love McAdams’ look on the red carpet, and we’re also kind of a fan of Diane Keaton’s leather dress, some of the other celebs look a bit wind-swept, no? (We’re looking at you, Hoda and Harrison.) Check them all out below.

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Out Of The Mouths Of Babe(s): Jessica Alba Doesn’t Need No Stinking Script

Well here’s a quote that’s sure to make screenwriters, no, make that all writers, a little mad. In a recent interview with ELLE Magazine, Jessica Alba said “Good actors, never use the script unless it’s amazing writing. All the good actors I’ve worked with, they all say whatever they want to say.” That’s so cool, we didn’t realize just how many improvised movies and TV shows there were. Wait, WHAT? This has to be wrong, right?

It seems like Alba is saying that great actors who think they’re better than the scripts they’re given just make things up as they go along? And pay no attention to the countless hours that the writers spend editing and rewriting? And also maybe instead of giving out Best Screenplay Oscars, maybe we should give out Best Lines-Made-Up-On-The-Fly Awards? We’d love some clarification on this because, Jessica, we love you, but this is insane.


Miley Cyrus, P.I.

Miley Cyrus did say she was giving up music to focus on her acting, but after The Last Song flopped, we figured maybe she was reconsidering that career move. Well, we were wrong. Miley is planning to make another movie, and in this new one she’s going to take all the skills she learned as Hannah Montana (disguising ones self in wigs, mainly) to turn herself into a detective. The film, called So Undercover, will star Cyrus as a “tough, street-smart private eye” sent to infiltrate a college sorority. Of course.

While we don’t have trouble seeing Miley in a fedora and trench coat and playing an investigator, we don’t exactly see her as the “tough, street-smart” kind. More like the “I fell into this because of a crazy science experiment” kind. Guess we’ll have to wait and see how it turns out. But so help us, if they have Miley do a remake of Hall and Oates‘ “Private Eyes” we will boycott this movie so hard.

by (@hallekiefer)

Love & Other Drugs Uses The Most Effective Ad Campaign Of All Time: Naked Jake Gyllenhaal

Movie makers often spend millions on the trailers, commercials and viral videos necessary to get people off their keisters and into a sticky movie theater seat. Jake Gyllenhaal’s Love & Other Drugs, on the other hand, appeals to its base with the strongest, and cheapest, ad campaign we’ve ever seen: the promise of Jake’s naked butt. Let’s break down the campaign point-by-point to show you what we mean:

In the November issue of Esquire with hits newsstands tomorrow, Jake explains, “I was naked a lot in the movie. I was naked in more of it than was even in the final cut. A director’s cut? I don’t even know how that would be rated.” That statement just guaranteed hundreds of millions in DVD sales right there. The movie could be a line-by-line remake of Good Luck Chuck and still at least 50% of the America population will buy a copy to watch in slow motion. And then another copy for when their DVD players burn a hole through the first one.

When asked who was more nervous about the nudity, Jake or co-star Anne Hathaway, Gyllenhaal laughs, “Annie, because as a woman I think it’s harder. She said at one point, ‘Well, we’re both topless and we both show our butts.’ And I was like, ‘Hmm, but it’s a little different for you.’” See, there’s something in this movie for everybody! Don’t care for a naked Gyllenhaal? Might we offer you something in a lovely Hathaway?  It’s like a real-life episode of Mad Men over here, and we are furiously entering our credit card info into Fandango to prove it.


FABLife’s DVD Pick Of The Week

Toy Story 3

Has it really been 15 years since Buzz Lightyear first endeavored “To Infinity and Beyond?” Yikes. The friendship between Buzz and his sheriff puppet pal Woody has weathered neighborhood psychos and collectors, but their biggest adversary has always been time. Now their owner Andy is ready to go to college and it’s time to put aside childish things. That means the gang are shipped off to the Sunnyside Daycare. At first it seems like paradise, but you know how these paradises usually turn out. Pixar has once again broken the mold. This is a “threequel” which easily outclasses its predecessors. It’s just as packed with gags and thrills, including a very funny romance between Barbie and clotheshorse beau Ken. The new characters also earn their place onscreen. Lots-o-Huggin’ Bear, in fact, might be the greatest movie villain to ever reek of strawberry scent. As befits an audience that grew up with the other films — many who now have kids of their own — there’s also new emotional depths and a keen appreciation of mortality. Children will love it, while parents may be surprised to find something in their eyes. With No. 3, Toy Story has grown into its classic status.

Extras: Disney’s Blu-Ray/DS combo pack includes interactive games, story roundtable with director Lee Unkrich, commentary tracks and a featurette on the voice talents of Tom Hanks and Tim Allen!

- By C. Bottomley