You don’t have to read too much into Twilight to realize that before she was the creator of books people obsess over, Stephenie Meyer was obsessed with other people’s books. She took that obsession to new levels recently, becoming a producer on the film Austenland, based on Shannon Hale’s book about a woman (played by Keri Russell) who visits a Jane Austen theme park in search of some old-fashioned romance. At the flick’s Sundance premiere, VH1 News asked Meyer and a handful of the movie’s stars what books or authors they’d like to see made into theme parks, a la The Wizarding World of Harry Potter.
“[Austenland] is my theme park,” Meyer said. “If this place really existed, if I could go and dress up in Regency attire and hang out all day, reading books in a beautiful library, I would totally … That’s my vacation.”
And no, she doesn’t really see a Twilight World in our future. “There was interest in that, and honestly, what are you going to do?” she asked. “That doesn’t sound like fun. What kind of rides are you going to have? There’s not as much scope for an amusement park there.”
I don’t know, Stephenie, I think a lot of us would love the chance to hop on Edward’s back for a ride through the treetops.
Speaking of Twilight mania, Meyer told us that none of that craziness followed her to the Austenland set, which lived up to its idyllic name in the English countryside: Read more…
OK, the Sundance Film Festival isn’t stooping to adult movie screenings just yet, but the festival was pretty excited to premiere a movie about pornography, so anything is possible. Actually, our friends at the Sundance Channel were also eager to share with us the photos from the premiere party (co-hosted by DirecTV), celebrating Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s writing and directing debut, Don Jon’s Addiction. He stars as the titular Jon, a Jersey boy who has no trouble picking up ladies as hot as Scarlett Johansson at the clubs, but for some reason still prefers watching porn to participating in the real deal. Tony Danza co-stars as his father — completing that 3rd Rock From the Sun/Who’s the Boss crossover fantasy you always had, right? — and Julianne Moore is a woman Jon meets at a night class. Read more…
We don’t actually much to say about the above photos; they are here simply because it is our favorite “Rihanna doesn’t give an eff” look of late. She’s leaving a recording studio in Los Angeles (and yes, Chris Brown left the studio shortly after her) wearing this sleeping-bag-esque camo coat over a loud marijuana-leaf-printed dress. What temperature is it in L.A. these days, anyway? We assume it’s not quite as pleasant as a good day at the beach in Barbados. And as onlookers, we too wish RiRi could be back in bikini weather. Except we always like the idea of her recording more. But maybe NOT with Chris Brown. Basically, we are about as conflicted about these photos as her military-pot themed outfit. We will just shut up now and let you enjoy.
Also, here are some vintage (2012) Rihanna doesn’t-give-an-eff looks:
Since set photos were revealed last year, we’ve had ample time to get over the shock of seeing Disney/ABC Family stars Selena Gomez, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens (along with fourth star Rachel Korine) traipsing around in bikinis, drinking beer on the street and hanging out with a corn-rowed James Franco. So today, when we finally get to see the full trailer for Spring Breakers, we are nothing but thrilled about this movie’s March 22 release. There are so many things to love: It’s like the second coming of Magic Mike (in that it reminds me why I got the hell out of Central Florida as quickly as possible, and that it’s a lot of hot young things showing skin in Central Florida); it looks both funny and dark; James Franco is appropriately crazy in it, also, Gucci Mane! And we have to say, to the wary parents of college-age kids, we think it might be a good cautionary tale too.
Here are 15 terrible things these ladies do on their wild, restaurant-robbery-funded spring break trip, that we definitely think you kids shouldn’t try at home OR ANYWHERE:
We never cease to be amazed by how photographer Terry Richardson manages to get gorgeous ladies to do the sleaziest things in front of his camera. Compared to some of his models, Beyonce was relatively tame for her “Miss Millenium” cover shoot for GQ, the fruits of which we first saw last week. Judging by the interview Bey gives in the magazine, she keeps a tight control on all things image-related, so she’s not about to put herself in any kind of compromising, Terry Richardson-esque situations. That’s not to say she isn’t hot as hell in it. And as you watch the behind-the-scenes video of the shoot above, you can also tell she had a whole lot of fun romping around in cropped tops and undies, and jumping on the bed with a football to symbolize her Super Bowl Halftime gig.
This is one of those posts where we don’t want, or need, to write much, because all we want to do is squee! Lionsgate just released some stills from The Hunger Games next installment Catching Fire, and we’re loving these little sneak peeks. As y’all know, we’re solid fans of Sam Claflin portraying Finnick Odair, so the shot released a little earlier, of him trying to make Katniss (Jennifer Lawrence) lose her concentration, made us go a little weak in the knees. The other two newly released shots include Katniss with Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) making a speech in what we think could be during their victory tour. The other is a behind-the-scenes look of the film’s director Francis Lawrence chatting with Lawrence and co-star Liam Hemsworth (Gale). Wonder what J.Law is grinning about? Enough talking, more pictures. How excited are you about the movie? We sure as hell are! Read more…
Awards season got into full swing this week, and we here at VH1 Celebrity were thinking that these talented actors and actresses weren’t competing against each other in enough contests. So we devised a little race of our own based on something we’re calling Style Points. Our panel of fashion experts — our own Sabrina Rojas Weiss and Ambika Muttoo, plus Breanne Heldman, New York bureau chief at Yahoo! Entertainment, and MTV Style associate editor Maud Deitch — will be grading eight key celebs after their major red carpet appearances (on a scale of -5 to +5). Who are these lucky stars? Jennifer Lawrence, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Kerry Washington, Jessica Chastain, Emma Stone, Bradley Cooper and Eddie Redmayne — basically, the actors we expect to wow us from now through the Oscars. We’ll track their rankings and at the end of all this madness, declare the most stylish star in all the land on February 25! To kick this all off, we decided to grade two outfits from each contestant.
Anne Hathaway at the National Board of Review Gala and the Critics Choice Movie Awards
National Board of Review Gala
“Major points for the lady-suit, but big big deductions for the early 2000′s emo hair,” Maud says, but Ambika disagrees. “This androgynous, yet romantic Saint Laurent Spring 2013 tuxedo fits her like a dream and really complements her edgy short hair.” Sabrina hearts the ruffled cuffs.
The People’s Choice Awards are certainly a thing you enjoy in the moment, not an event whose results you discuss in depth the next day — but one item from last night’s show seems to have piqued the curiosity of viewers: the bouncy leather dress Jennifer Aniston wore onstage to accept another Favorite Comedic Actress award. The Christian Dior look was unusually playful for Jen, maybe symbolic of the happy place the engaged actress finds herself in these days.
This is the second time a leather outfit has caught the Internet’s attention after the fact — the first, of course being the black leather Givenchy skirt, or kilt if you want to quibble, that Kanye West wore onstage at the 12.12.12. benefit for Sandy relief last month.
So here’s a question for you, will either of these trends make it past curiosity and into your closet? Vote, and watch Kanye and his stylist discuss his pleats in the video below.
“In a million years, when kids go to school, they gonna know: Once there was a Hushpuppy, and she lived with her daddy in the Bathtub,” Quvenzhane Wallis says at the beginning of Beasts at the Southern Wild. And now, we hope kids a million years from now will also know that once there was a Quvenzhane Wallis, and at 9 years old, she was the youngest person to receive a Best Actress Oscar nomination. If you’ve seen her breathtaking performance as the fierce young girl living in the untamed swamps of Louisiana, you probably aren’t surprised by her nomination. That’s not the only reason to love her, though. Here are seven more:
1. The girl knows how to accessorize. Especially with her signature animal purses:
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2. She’s not gonna compromise on that name for your sake. It’s pronounced Kwe-VAWN-zhan-ay, by the way. Her mother, Qulyndreia, told Deadline that the name is a combination of her own name, Quvenzhane’s father’s name, Venjie, and the Swahili word for fairy. Read more…