Elle Salutes Unsung Hollywood A-List Actresses

by (@JordanRuntagh)

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The Four Seasons Hotel in Beverly Hills had more stars than a Scientology recruitment meeting last night as Elle Magazine held its 17th annual Women In Hollywood tribute dinner. The gala provided a chance to honor the tinsel-town mega-celebs whose work largely goes unrecognized (not). Among the honorees were Gwyneth Paltrow, Kate Hudson, Hilary Swank, Diane Keaton, Jodie Foster, Sofia Coppola, Kerry Washington and Diane Kruger; only six of whom have won Oscars.

Paltrow was arguably the one showered with the most praise, as friend and Proof costar Jake Gyllenhaal presented her award. “She is not a mere mortal like the rest of us,” he gushed, “She is an internet-savvy, award-winning, lifestyle guru, making all of us look lazy.” For real, this is what he said. We expected Jake to then unveil a three-hundred foot portrait of the actress and order the crowd to convert to Paltrow-ism. But he didn’t. This time.

Action legend Harrison Ford was overwhelmed with the star-power in attendance. “This event came to be back in the days when they said, ‘There were no good parts for women’ and ‘Women aren’t highly regarded,’” he told the Associated Press. “Now women run Hollywood. Absolutely run Hollywood. And I’m glad.”

Check out the glitz, glam, and Hollywood goddesses and gurus in the gallery below!

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Kanye Discusses Contemplating Suicide

by (@hallekiefer)

A world without Kanye West is not an acceptable alternative to a world filled with his bizarre tweets, insanely high self-esteem and ever-rotating parade of jaw-droppingly gorgeous lady friends. Thank god he feels the same way, despite Kanye’s admission that he has contemplated suicide. At a screening for his upcoming film Runaway, featuring Nicky Minaj as well as West’s rumored girlfriend Selita Banks, Kanye described himself as a “soldier for culture”, but that “there were times that I contemplated suicide,”  promising that “I will not give up on life again.” Said West, “There’s so many people that will never get the chance to have their voice heard. I do it for them.” We aren’t exactly sure what being a culture soldier would entail, but either way, we love you, Kanye!

West didn’t say when he had considered suicide, but we’re glad he’s doing better.  Without Kanye, who would bring us nude photos courtesy of MySpace? Or deliver unto us butt-naked phoenixes drawn by an 8-year-old, about which West tweeted today, “I’m deeply sorry if I haven’t offended everybody”? Kanye might think he’s better than Michalangelo, Fellini and Aretha Franklin rolled into one, but that diva never stops making us smile…and roll our eyes…and stare at our computer screen in a mix of confusion and disgust. And for that, we are eternally grateful.

California Gubernatorial Candidate Accidentally Makes A Video Viral

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The internet loves nothing more than a story that is about the internet, so needless to say, this story is way going around the internet.  What happened was Sarah Pompei, a campaign staffer  for California Gubernatorial Candidate Meg Whitman, tried to Tweet a link to an endorsement from the San Diego Deputy Sheriff’s Association.

But she accidentally left an “r” off the end of the link which resulted her accidentally linking the following YouTube videos to all of Whitman’s supporters.

And now this Japanese guy dressed as a girl playing the bass is a YouTube star. So, that’s pretty great. Your move, Jerry Brown.

Thanks, LA Times.  But, seriously, your Times is a fake Times. Even Eric from season one of Entourage thinks so.

Jimmy McMillan Is Governor Of The Internet

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Jimmy McMillan of the “Rent Is Too Damn High” Party owns the internet today — it’s like the Simpsons Banksy intro came to life and grew an awesome mustache — and there’s not much else to say about this clip other than “Hear hear! Your policies and mustache and karate references are excellent, good sir!”

The other New York Gubernatorial candidates just walked into a real-life viral video and they have no idea what’s going on. First one to remix this wins the election:

Five Questions For Taylor Swift

by (@unclegrambo)

It goes without saying that it has been a tumultuous year and some change for Taylor Swift. After her sophomore album, Fearless, sold more than six million copies, she found herself propelled from being a fresh-faced rising star status to someone who was a lightning rod for controversy. After spending an inordinate amount of time in the spotlight dealing with just about anything other than her music — think Joe Jonas, think Kanye West, think Taylor Lautner, think John Mayer, think the Grammys — one could have easily forgiven Swift if she decided to take a year off, crawl in a hole and just try to be a normal 20 year-old girl for awhile. However, being the driven artist that she is, Swift decided that the better approach would be to work through her feelings in song, so she hit the studio with her longtime producer Nathan Chapman and recorded 14 songs that would become her third LP, Speak Now.

The widespread success of “Mine”, the new album’s first single, has quieted the naysayers who were whispering that Swift might be in for a backlash. Speak Now hits stores next week, and we’re excited to announce that we’ll be partnering with CMT and MTV to livestream a Taylor Swift concert next Monday, October 25th. We’ll have more details on that for you as the week progresses, but for now, take a gander at the latest entry in our 5 Questions series starring none other than Taylor herself!

Topless Barber Shop: Worst Idea Ever?

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A “Gentlemen’s hair salon” in Sydney, Australia is now offering topless haircuts from four confident female hairdressers:

While I’m usually in favor of randomly topless things (right dudez??? Just high-fived eighty construction workers by my desk), getting a haircut by two topless hairdressers seems like the most awkward experience possible.

It’s taking toplessness out of strip clubs — which are dark, private, and serve alcohol — and inserting it into getting a haircut, which is already one of the most labored, pointless social-interaction experiences around, forcing you to make mundane smalltalk about the weather of the Yankees while nursing a huge erection. It’d be like having a topless dental checkup, or a topless elevator on the way to work in the morning. Toplessness doesn’t improve the situation, it just adds boobs to it (not the same thing, surprisingly).

That said, to give the hair salon its counterpoint, here are three more pictures of the Australian topless hair salon (NSFW-ish):

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Christina Hendrick’s Curves Are In Danger!

by (@JordanRuntagh)

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Ok, what the hell is this? Seriously, this the second worst news we’ve heard all week (you will be missed, Mrs. Cleaver). Christina Hendricks, the full-figured bombshell, loved and admired by pretty much everyone for her style, talent and confidence…is now trying to lose a whopping 30 pounds. This comes after years of telling the press how much she adores her body and that she “feels beautiful”. Just last month she told UK’s Red Magazine that she is proud to make curvy women feel proud and good about themselves. What the hell happened?!

“Christina has got sick of all the talk of her being the curviest woman in Hollywood. For her it basically meant she was being called fat,” a friend told the Daily Mail. “Now she’s gone against everything she believed in before by going on the first diet of her life. Christina’s cut out carbs, and alcohol, although she’s not a big drinker. She’s eating fish oil to break down fat and pak choi and edamame nearly every meal. She hopes the first stone will fall off in the next month or so.”

If a bonified sex icon, literally voted the sexiest woman in America, still feels insecure about their body, then there’s a serious problem here. We get it, Christina. You’re tired of the big fuss that everyone is making over your curves. That must get super annoying and kind of embarrassing. And the fact that no designer in town will lend you a dress can’t feel great. But don’t change just to be like everybody else! Because then you’re just like…everybody else. And that sucks. Take a cue from Gaga. She’s never been like anybody else, and she’s done OK.

Hey Mad Men peeps: Remember that time Keri Russell cut her hair on Felicity? Yeah, multiply that by a hundred. Do something. As for us, we might just go on a hunger strike.

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Kristen Stewart Goes From Glam To Grunge And Looks Great Both Ways

by (@katespencer)

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Only Kristen Stewart (photos) could go from wearing Valentino to shoving a green cap on her head and a flannel in her back pocket and look equally adorable in both outfits. The actress showed up at the Welcome to the Rileys screening in NYC last night in red lips and towering Brian Atwood heels, and she stunned up close. Yes, we Tyra-ed out and told her she looked “fierce” at the end of our interview, because, well, LOOK AT HER. Guys, she is the hottest.

But our favorite part about Kristen Stewart is that she has no qualms getting the hell out of her uncomfortable press-friendly outfits the second she steps off the red carpet. She hit up the after-party and a dinner at Nobu in the same outfit we saw her in earlier at the WTTR press junket. She’s just keepin’ it real, one knotted t-shirt at a time.

Oh – and those new sunglasses she’s wearing today leaving Regis and Kelly? She had them hanging off of her jeans in yesterday’s press conference. We like!

Photos from the Welcome to the Rileys screening, after-party and Kristen leaving Regis and Kelly today, below!

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