After years of waiting and hoping and fantasizing that everyone from Taylor Kitsch to Robert Pattinson would take on the role of Finnick in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire, Lionsgate has at last put us out of our misery and announced who’d get the highly coveted part: Sam Claflin. After playing Prince Charming in Snow White and the Huntsman, he certainly made a number of people’s wish list to take on the role of the flashy, handsome and surprisingly lovelorn District 4 tribute. (And man, we’re glad someone’s getting a happily ever after out of SWATH.)
Does he have the kind of depth to play this unlikely revolutionary hero with a knack for spearing people with his trusty trident? Tell us what you think. Here’s a little gallery that will certainly help his case:
Remember begging your parents to let you shave your initials into your head, or dye your hair purple, or wear your pajamas to the drug store during the summer? Why not, right? You didn’t have to go to school! You could finally taste glorious freedom! Your parents probably said no, but that’s because they weren’t fashion-forward millionaires with a huge children’s clothes budget. We’ve noticed a lot of celeb kids busting out edgier looks than usual this summer, and as such thought it was time to give a shout-out to the famous children who are leading the sartorial pack. From Willow Smith to Lourdes Leon, Maddox Jolie-Pitt to Julez Knowles, these kids are walking to the park like their walking down the runway. Kingston Rossdale in particular makes us want to reconsider every single one of our outfits. And our glasses. And our hair. And the fact our shoes don’t always have dinosaurs or bugs on them…
Related: Suri Cruise, Zuma Rossdale, Other Celeb Kids Show Us How They Spent Their Summer Vacation
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We’re guessing “summer vacation” means something different when mom and dad can whip you off to St. Tropez or Maui any time of year, but it still means something for celebrity kids, judging from the fun pics we’ve seen. School’s out, mom and dad take you to the park, the beach, the yacht, the private jet, and you get to play all you want. For some little ones, like Jessica Simpson’s daughter Maxwell or Hilary Duff’s son Luca, everything about summer must be new and fun, and the paparazzi don’t have anything on mom’s need to capture their every move. Jennifer Hudson’s and Gwen Stefani’s sons had to squeeze their fun in with their parents’ busy work schedules. Kids like Matilda Ledger and Sean Federline got to spend some quality time with their moms’ significant others. And we’re happy to see that even the children of newly split parents, like Suri Cruise, and Heidi Klum and Seal’s brood, were able to enjoy some carefree moments in the sun.
One thing’s for certain: Whatever these famous offspring were doing for the past three months, it was way more fabulous than our own summer pastimes. See for yourself…
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We’re glad that Jennifer Aniston is doing her part to demonstrate how woman walking around in their bras isn’t always sexy. Sometimes it’s sexiness combined with confusion and despair, like in college when the fire alarm would go off in the middle of the night and you’d be forced to stumble out of your dorm in a half-dressed panic. Celebrities: they’re just like us at our most confused! To wit, Jen paired her undergarments with a distraught frown on the set of We’re The Millers this weekend, though now that we look at these photos again…it sure doesn’t look like they’re actually shooting a scene. Is Jen just waiting around with her top open for no reason? Is her outfit part of the movie at all? Man, Just when we thought we couldn’t like her more!
Maybe Aniston is just ambling around with her lady parts out to distract the media from her engagement ring…or lack there of. People has been trying harder to get photos of Jen’s rock than we’ve tried to do anything in our lives, and on Friday they may have struck pay dirt, seeing as how Aniston was snapped leaving a movie theater in North Carolina wearing a plain gold band. Wow, did Jen go for something understated rather than a giant rock? A simple gold ring and a shirt unbuttoned to the waist: looks like we have a new style icon to emulate1
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We can’t believe it’s been nearly five years since Kim Kardashian dropped trou for Playboy. We feel like it was only yesterday she was telling Glamour that she posed nude for the “independence,” claiming “I was always by the book, such the straight arrow when it came to pleasing my parents and being a good daughter.” Oh wait…that was just last year. Okay, so Kim has been getting a leverage from her various nude exploits for a long time. “These pics are from behind the scenes at my Playboy shoot back in 2007. Charlene Roxbourough styled me, Matt van Leeuwen did my makeup, Clyde Haygood did my hair and Hype Williams shot it!,” she posted with the photos. Based on the vintage pics, it seems like there were three key ingredients to Kim’s superior Playboy cover:
Paparazzi camera technology is…really startling sometimes. Also startling? Cassie‘s willingness to get completely topless aboard Diddy‘s yacht off the coast of Capri this week. There have to be dozens of butlers and servants bustling around, girl! Then again, we guess if we had a crazy nice body, one of the world’s top five richest rap artists as our boyfriend and access to a superyacht, we’d be a lot less prudish about our semi-nakedness too. Step aboard a superyacht and your top probably just drops right off. Luckily a glass of Moet, $100,000 in cash and a signed photo of Rick Ross suddenly appear in it’s place, so it’s not like you feel bad about it or anything.
Despite the fact they are currently (and probably always) enjoying half-nude vacays, Diddy and Cassie have never formerly acknowledged their relationship. That being said rumors of them dating have been swirling since at least 2008 and, oh right, she’s topless aboard his yacht. Man, how exactly does one get a gig as Diddy’s protege? It seems like a pretty sweet deal. Do you think the members of Danity Kane looks at this photo with a mixture of rage and jealousy, or are they just glad they get to save on sunscreen? Maybe both?
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Imagine, if you would, a time before we ever knew that Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson were a real-life couple. A time when they were fresh new faces to most of us, the perfect embodiment of characters that had previously lived only in our heads after we’d become obsessed with Stephenie Meyer‘s Twilight books. A time when it was just exciting enough to imagine how much passion they’d bring to the screen as Edward and Bella. Ooof. It’s hard, we know, but it seems like we need to go back to those days and completely separate what we know of the real-life drama between Kristen and Robert. We — and probably the folks at Summit Entertainment — hope that these newly released stills from Breaking Dawn – Part 2 will remind us all that the fictional Edward and Bella are still going to get their happily ever after. That is, of course, after they gather up all their special allies and face down the threat of the Volturi who are convinced that Renesmee represents the ultimate violation of vampire law. With the exception of the photo of Bella showing her daughter her new locket and a pic of Meyer in that legendary field of flowers, these pics aren’t entirely new; they all debuted in the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly. But they’re new to our site, and we’re going to enjoy every last pixel of them like they’re our very own pints of Cinnamon Toast Crunch-flavored Ben and Jerry’s. (OMG, B&J, you need to make that a thing.)
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Where is our check book? What’s the conversion rate from euros? What is the fastest way to get our grubby mitts on a Ryan Gosling coloring book? A complete genius by the name of Mel Elliot came up with the book, entitled Colour Me Good: Ryan Gosling, which features page after page of blank Gosling pictures for you to color to your heart’s content. Just the idea of it gives us the same sense of calm joy we had when we first found out about wingsuits, or learned that Taco Bell is using Doritos for taco shells. The book retails for approximately $12, which means Mel Elliot is about to earn…$12 billion dollars.
We hope Ryan sees all our frantic scribbling as a compliment, especially since no one is going to see it unless they’re staring at our refrigerator door. We are already planning our color scheme for Ryan’s dog George and his Blue Valentine costar Michelle Williams, but we can only pray Mel Elliot included our favorite Gosling images in his book. If not, we’ll just have to buy the sequel. Note: is it called a sequel if it’s just another coloring book?
The Olympics may be over, but we’re holding on to memories of cheering on our favorite athletes for dear life. There’s something truly beautiful about the Olympic Games and how it unites a country (and gives us something to talk about in an awkward elevator encounter). We do not want to say goodbye! That’s why we spent today looking for ways to indulge in the games for just a little while longer. Something tells us some of the Games’ breakout stars will never be too far from our radar! For now, here are 10 of our favorite ways to not let go of the 2012 Summer Olympics:
1. Ryan Lochte will be appearing on an upcoming episode of the CW’s 90210. He will cross paths with recently reunited couple Naomi (AnnaLynne McCord) and Max (Josh Zuckerman) at a resort, where they are attempting to strengthen their relationship. For his sake, we hope he acts better than he interviews!
2. Have you seen Michael Phelps in the new Louis Vuitton ad? If your answer is “Hmmm I don’t remember…” then no, you haven’t seen it because it is definitely unforgettable! Michael Phelps has proven to be more than just a trendy athlete to love. He overcame a bad reputation and is now only regarded of as the most decorated Olympian of all time.
3. We can’t get enough of the McKayla Maroney Is Not Impressed meme, and we know it’s not going anywhere anytime soon. Her unimpressed face photobombs the most perfectly chosen images throughout the day. McKayla got in on the fun when Aly Raisman tweeted this photo of Maroney, Kyla Ross and herself standing outside a closed swimming pool.
Long before that Kristen Stewart thing we don’t want to talk about, and even as the steady stream of Breaking Dawn – Part 2 promo pics and teasers began to flow, Robert Pattinson was on a mission. Not to alienate the Twilight fans who made him a household name, but to reel in a whole new audience as well — the film-critic types, the artsy folk, the Wall Street types who’d never be caught dead watching sparkly vampires — with his sexy, weird David Cronenberg film Cosmopolis. We saw it in his European magazine interviews, his Cannes appearances and, of course, in the sneak peeks of the film itself.
And though the rest of us got pretty distracted by his Twilight-entangled love-life woes, the past two days are proof that Pattinson will not be sidetracked from his goal. He gamely showed up for the New York premiere of the movie last night, and was an amazing sport for his appearance on The Daily Show. He knew we’d all tune in to see what he’d say about Kristen, and yet he managed to end the interview on his terms, challenging Twilight fans to help make Cosmopolis a huge success at the box office. And this morning, he and Cronenberg took part in the time-honored tradition of people from all sorts of walks of life ringing the opening bell of the New York Stock Exchange. Sure, there are probably plenty of Twi-hards buying and selling stocks and bonds on Wall Street, but it’s also a big push to make Rob’s own stock rise as an actor who can appeal to all kinds of crowds. Also, he made his typically adorable range of faces throughout the appearance. Enjoy!
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