As HIV-positive transvestite Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, Jared Leto has exploded back onto the acting scene, earning tons of awards-season buzz. We here at VH1 aren’t really in the business of heaping high-minded kudos on thespians — we just like to watch others do so — but we do want to add the Thirty Seconds to Mars frontman to a prestigious list we just made up: Our favorite roles played by men in drag.
Are reading this from a brand-new device you got for next to nothing after standing in line overnight for the big Black Friday sales? Or, are you lazy like us and waiting for Cyber Monday? VH1 News was curious about the holiday shopping habits of the rich and famous, and asked them what they’d wait in line for, with some interesting results. Girls‘ Zosia Mamet would do it for a unicorn (of course!). But our favorite answer came from Idris Elba.
“I have every single episode of every season of every Star Trek,” True Blood/Pacific Rim star Rob Kazinski told VH1 News earlier this summer. “I have every movie. I have original artwork. I have costumes. I’m a big fat guy who loves star trek stuck in … um, this body.” Well, he didn’t exactly sound too guilty about his so-called “guilty pleasure,” and he’s just one of the many celebrities who were eager to reveal their love for literal and figurative junk food.
When you hear that Marlon Wayans is in a broad buddy-cop comedy, you wouldn’t be blamed for assuming that the White Chicks star was one of said buddies. But in The Heat, the youngest Wayans brother is happy to be the relegated to the straight-guy role, playing Sandra Bullock’s FBI love interest, leaving the comedy up to Sandy and Melissa McCarthy. “I couldn’t be as silly as I wanted to be ’cause that wasn’t the role I was playing,” he told VH1 News. “The role I was playing was ‘the cute guy,’ and so I watched them be really funny.”
And after watching his co-stars in the Paul Feig-directed movie, what does Wayans have to say about the antiquated notion that women aren’t as funny as men?
Last season on True Blood, we saw the beginnings of a crazy but hot — and strangely cute — pairing between Pam and her new vampire “daughter” Tara. (OK, when you use those incestuous terms, it’s a little less hot, but you know what we mean.) When VH1 News hit the red carpet for the premiere of season six, we asked the stars — and author Charlaine Harris — what they thought of the chemistry between the angry lady fangers, played by Kristin Bauer van Straten and Rutina Wesley.
Those of us who are fans of both True Blood and the Charlaine Harris Southern Vampire novels on which it is loosely based are in a bit of a weird place right now. We’re still mourning the end of the book franchise (with Dead Ever After, which came out in May), while we bounce in our seats waiting for season six to premiere on Sunday. And even weirder, now that we know who book Sookie Stackhouse chooses from among her many suitors (we won’t spoil it for you), should we anticipate that the series will end this way too? Admire Sook’s admirers for a moment, and then vote on your own favorite hunk of supernatural love.
We’ve noticed something special about Rose Byrne. Well, actually Hollywood noticed it first and we’re just observing it now: The Aussie beauty is really good at playing poised, brainy ladies. And though the actress told VH1 News that “It’d be easier to learn Chinese” than to do the kind of tech stuff her Google exec character does in The Internship (out this week), we really believe her in the role. Look back at some of her other smart characters in the gallery below, but then check out a clip of something completely different after the jump.
Between last year’s On the Road and this year’s Sundance flicks Kill Your Darlings and Big Sur, it’s safe to say the Beat Generation is having a moment. The real mystery to us, actually, is why they’re not always having a moment. Because if you were anything like us in high school, you either went through a phase in which you wanted to be Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac or William Boroughs, or you dated someone who did. VH1 News found further proof that this is a thing when they interviewed the cast of Kill Your Darlings at its Sundance premiere last weekend.
“I wrote a lot of poetry when I was a teenager,” Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a college-age Allen Ginsberg in the film, confessed. What he likes in particular about Ginsberg in the movie, he said, is,”Everyone’s experienced that massive self-doubt. Howl is a poem written by someone who’s terrified that they can’t write.”
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:
By Melissa Smith
Dane DeHaan is earning rave reviews for his performance in Kill Your Darlings at the Sundance Film Festival, but what audiences there are really talking about is his passionate onscreen kiss with Daniel Radcliffe, who plays a young Allen Ginsberg. We’re talking steamy, sexy, “is it getting warm in here?” stuff.
At the film’s Sundance premiere, DeHaan (known for his work in Chronicle and Lawless) revealed his trick to portraying such a realistic relationship: He fell in love with Daniel in real life. And, as Harry Potter fans across the globe already know, it wasn’t a hard task.
“Whenever you have somebody in a movie that you’re supposed to be in love with, I guess what I do is I look at that person and try to fall in love with them, and I see what about them is incredibly appealing to me,” Dane explained. “Dan’s such a great person; he wasn’t hard to fall in love with, you know? He’s funny, he’s nice, he’s kind, he’s a wonderful artist.”