Around this time last year, we made this list a roundup of our favorite vampires of 2011 — though we named Bella Cullen as our fave, it was Damon Salvatore who ruled your hearts. This year, we took a look around at our favorite movies, TV shows and books and discovered that, while the bloodsuckers of True Blood, Twilight and The Vampire Diaries were still among our faves, they had some competition from other supes, too. There were the characters wielding magic for good or evil — Snow White and the Huntsman’s Queen Ravenna, Beautiful Creatures‘ Lena, The Mortal Instruments‘ Magnus, TVD’s Bonnie. We had a nice crop of werewolves — Teen Wolf’s Scott and Derek, Nightshade’s Calla, True Blood’s Alcide. And then, of course, there were gods, genetic mutations, time travelers and Shadowhunters. Whether they were on the page, the screen or both, these beautiful, dangerous, ever-seductive heroes and villains made us feel a little bit inadequate for being mere humans. But there’s one power we have that they don’t: the ability to vote on which of these 25 characters was our favorite of the year. Take a look at the gallery and then vote!
We already knew Sports Illustrated cover model Kate Upton was great at being the object of men’s fantasies — hello, “Cat Daddy.” But lately, she’s been getting pretty good at appealing to women too. There was the unicorn-baby video she shot over the summer that tapped into some kind of Jungian symbolism we sort of got. And now, courtesy of Vogue Germany and director Bruce Weber, she’s fulfilling a bunch of literal fantasies we women have had — and some we didn’t even know we had until now. Enjoy the sounds of Bobby Darin’s “It Had to Be You” as we count all the ways in which we’d like to be in Kate’s shoes/bare feet.
1. Very cute boy trusts us enough to let us groom him.
2. We playfully roll down a hill like little kids, except he’s shirtless. Oops! We might bump into each other! Read more…
Ever since we first read Becca Fitzpatrick’s Hush, Hush, back when a slew of angel-themed YA novels threatened to wipe vampires off the shelves in 2009, we’ve been wondering what was taking Hollywood so long to snatch up the series. It’s got all the elements of a great addictive movie franchise: relatable heroine (Nora Grey, a science wiz and cellist whose father was murdered recently), irresistible mysterious bad-boy (Nora’s new biology partner Patch, who ditches homework for the pool hall), hilarious best friend (Vee, we can’t even describe her in a phrase) and complex mythology that unfolds carefully throughout the book. There are fallen angels, love triangles, murder mysteries and a seedy New England setting in the mix too. And yes, today, finally, comes the news from Entertainment Weekly that LD Entertainment will adapt the four-book saga for the big screen. Greek creator Patrick Sean Smith will write the screenplay.
Hush, Hush fans have been fantasy casting this story for years now, and even Fitzpatrick once had her own dream choices for the roles. “I started writing Hush, Hush almost ten years ago, so I was picturing actors who are obviously now too old to play the parts. I wanted Steven Strait for Patch and Emmy Rossum for Nora, but that won’t work anymore,” she told EW. Now she thinks some undiscovered actors should star. Fair enough, but we took a shot at choosing some up-and-comers we love for the roles. Check out our choices and then chime in with your own!
Sure, they walk around in skintight clothing and rescue kittens and girls from great heights and all that, but we were never really sure if it was OK to lust after superheroes. Well, Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel looks like it’s settling that debate for us. How else are we supposed to feel about seeing a jacked-up Henry Cavill in handcuffs? (Worried about his fate, and thus the fate of Earth, or something? Psshaw.) Nope, those tiny cuffs aren’t actually going to hold Superman. Much the way other kinds of cuffs, say the Fifty Shades of Grey kind, are actually not that hard to get out of for normal people.
Tell me, Warner Bros. Did you mean to put these thoughts in our heads when you posted this new one-sheet poster on Facebook last night? Too late if you didn’t. Now we’re fully expecting even more dirty thoughts when we see the trailer before The Hobbit — and that’s kind of frustrating when you’re about to enter the sexless realm of Middle-earth. Well, thanks anyway!
Seriously, I can’t be the only one who feels this way: Every time Amber Roseposts a new photo of her pregnant self, I feel all warm and fuzzy about the world. There’s something about her sweet demeanor and willingness to bare all — without selling it to a tabloid — that makes me excited for her and her impending motherhood. Even before she got pregnant, she was a model whose normal body didn’t make women feel bad about their own, and now, as she shows off her huge bump and enhanced curves, she’s also making me embrace my own. She’s posted the above two pics in the past few days, promising that in the naked-seeming one, she’s actually wearing shorts, “but my belly is so big u can’t see them Lol.” You want heart-melting instead of revealing? Peep the photo of Wiz Khalifa after he apparently fell asleep caressing his fiance’s belly. Prepare yourself for a lot more “aww”-ing as you browse through the gallery below.
Aww, we all said. How perfect would it be if America’s Sweetheart Taylor Swift dated British One Direction heartthrob Harry Styles? They are of equal levels of attractiveness and fame; they combine into a great couple name, “Haylor”; and their age difference (he’s 18, she’s 22) perfectly coincides with her new preference for younger guys and his stated one for older women. They’ve already been spotted being cute together backstage at the X Factor weeks ago. But then let’s zoom out of this adorable photo of their Sunday date at the Central Park Zoo for a minute …
Huh, looks like those are security guys chaperoning this date. Can’t blame ‘em, of course. You can see from this video how the fans were ready to swarm at all times. So that’s bound to put a bit of a damper on things. But look, they were still able to enjoy the animals like a normal couple on an early date (complete with Taylor Surprised Face (TM) and twee fox sweater): Read more…
Being named Miss Golden Globe (or the rare Mr.) must be a strange honor — as far as we can tell, it’s basically the Hollywood Foreign Press saying, “Hey, you’re a young, attractive daughter/son of someone famous. Will you please wear this fancy gown and help hand out awards so we don’t have to hire a model?” On the other hand, it’s also sometimes a nice way for a PYT to get his/her name and face out there. Clint Eastwood’s daughter Francesca was named Miss Golden Globe for 2013 yesterday, and she’ll actually be following in the footsteps of her older sister Kathryn (2005), which is a first. What we’re really wondering is whether the actress — who’s now known mostly due to her mom’s reality show, Mrs. Eastwood and Company — will also be following in the footsteps of the Globe honorees who did make a name for themselves, from The Beverly Hillbillies‘ Donna Douglas and Dynasty‘s Linda Evans to Melanie Griffith and her daughter, Dakota Johnson (Ben and Kate). Check out the ladies (and man) who turned this into a golden (sorry) opportunity:
You know what the Academy Awards have been missing recently? Adorableness. That all might change if Beasts of The Southern Wildactress Quvenzhane Wallis gets nominated for a Best Actress Oscar. According to Hit Fix (as well as anyone who actually saw Beasts Of The Southern Wild) 9-year-old Wallis’ turn as the protagonist Hushpuppy could make her the youngest actress to win that particular award. Which got us thinking about all the child nominees and winners that came before. Why can’t the Oscars be entirely child actors and actresses? Ratings would go through the roof! Someone make a call to Bruce Vilanch, and in the meantime we’ll look back at kid nominees from Jodie Foster to Haley Joel Osment to Shirley Temple.
Our favorite All-American songstress Taylor Swift graced the red carpet of the ARIA Awards in Sydney, Australia, today, and looked absolutely lovely in an ivory Elie Saab gown. Her makeup was flawless, her hair pulled up in a sweet, braided updo — she basically could have been getting married in a meadow, not attending an awards show. We kind of wonder if she’s ever going to venture out of her perfect safe zone of fashion and wear something controversial to one of these things.
Something else we’re wondering about, and we don’t mean to body snark here, just voice a teeny bit of concern for a young lady who’s probably running herself ragged while promoting her album: Are her people feeding her enough? The girl’s always been willowy, and she’s obviously burning tons of calories while strutting the stage and declaring her independence from one ex or another — which totally accounts for the fact that we can count all of the bones in her decolletage and her arms are about to disappear. We just hope that when she got back to her hotel, someone served her a great big meat pie, or some other Aussie specialty. Read more…