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Birthday Boy Adam Lambert Talks Hunger Games Appeal, Possible Acting Career

I had the pleasure of sitting down with Adam Lambert earlier this week in Los Angeles, where we chatted about the usual: his new album, Trespassing, it’s awesome first single, “Better Than I Know Myself,” and our mutual obsession with The Hunger Games. Yes, in addition to being handsome and talented, Adam is also a total YA nerd. Stars are just like us, guys!

Adam had no idea that he was a fan favorite to plan Cinna back before the movie was cast. “I definitely identified with the character when I read the books,” he told us. “I think Lenny Kravitz is gonna be rad.”

When we pressed him on his allegiance to Team Gale or Team Peeta, Adam admitted, “I didn’t know there were teams!” He added, “I think the thing that was really clever about the books is that, much like Twilight, it really divides the two. They’re both really good guys, for different reasons.”

[Let’s pause for a brief swoon break over Adam referencing Twilight.]

We also asked Adam if he’d ever given thought to a movie career (cough, the new Les Miserables movie, cough). “Yes, if someone wanted me to do it,” he said. “I grew up doing a lot of musical theater…and I think much of my last album was me playing a character. But I like music so much, and I think singing is kind of my gift, I think. But sure, why not!?”

Maybe a role that involves a little bit of both?

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by (@katespencer)

Adam Lambert Discusses His Style Shift From “Lisa Frank Unicorn” To “Classic With An Edge”

What can I say about Adam Lambert that you don’t already know? He is absolutely delightful, fun to talk to, and is wonderfully humble despite being mega-talented. I arrived at our interview in Beverly Hills this week to find Adam decked out in an all-black ensemble, the only color popping from his bright blue shoes. The singer, whose new album Trespassing drops mid-March, is well known for his eccentric fashion taste, but I couldn’t help but notice that his outfit was a bit on the subdued side. Naturally, I had to ask about his current sartorial mood.

“I think what you’re drawn to fashion-wise has to do with where you are emotionally and what you’re exploring in your life,” said Adam. “I think there was a point where, two years ago, in the middle of my first album, where it was all so ridiculous. And I was doing that on purpose. I was having so much fun being completely over the top. And that felt good, and that was what I wanted to express at the time.”

“I wanted to put feathers on and be this kind of glam-rock, glitter fantasy Lisa Frank unicorn,” he said of that time in his life. “I was kind of making a statement and being extra bold on purpose.”

Adam described his current fashion phase as “a little more streamlined, in my life too.” Said the singer: “I’m drawn to clothes that are just a bit more classic with an edge. Something that’s still weird and special; but I’m into a more geometric, darker [look].”

“But who knows,” he said with smile, “I may be wearing neon yellow tomorrow.”


by (@katespencer)

Octavia Spencer Complains About Her Louboutins And 10 Other Great Golden Globes Press Room Moments

There’s a party going on right here at the Beverly Hilton. The Golden Globes truly are a celebration to last through out the year. (Check out our favorite moments from the show!) Dare we say that it might even be the most fun night in Hollywood… EVER. Everyone — press, crew, celebs — is in good spirits, the booze is plentiful, and the emphasis is on having a good time. And everything is so pretty! The Beverly Hilton is a beautiful and iconic spot any day of the week, but there’s something extra magical about tonight’s event. The red carpet actually felt like a living, breathing thing and it. Is. FIERCE.

But the best part of the night was, of course, hearing from the winners, in all their sweet, excited glory. We were stationed in the press room and had the privilege of listening to all their best moments — from the absolutely ridiculous to the downright cry-worthy. We count ‘em down for you below.

  • Octavia Spencer kicking her shoes off in the middle of answering questions, and then delivering this important message: “Christian Louboutin, I love you, but when you have this much weigh you gotta give us a little platform.”
  • George Clooney answering the “Where is Ryan Gosling?” question: “He’s [working] in Thailand. And you know what they do in Thailand.
  • Matt LeBlanc having a “Joey” moment onstage, answering a reporter’s question with “How you doin’?”

Read more…

by (@katespencer)

Patton Oswalt Picks His Favorite Downton Abbey Villain Over A Sip Of Scotch

Patton Oswalt might just be my favorite red carpet interview of 2012 … and it’s only January. The Young Adult actor and Critics’ Choice Movie Awards nominee whipped out a flask on the CCMA red carpet (practicing for his onstage flask gag), while joking about how drinking at red carpet events is tacky. Yep, Patton Oswalt is my kinda guy.

Another reason he rules so hard: his love of everyone’s favorite Edwardian soap opera, Downton Abbey. Patton’s been tweeting about the show and may just be its most high profile fan. When we brought up the hit PBS show, he replied, “I don’t have eight hours on this carpet, young lady.”

When asked to pick his favorite villain — O’Brien or Thomas — he said, “They’re sort of giving both backgrounds as to why they’re both villainous, so I don’t really know that they’re villains! And how about Edith the middle sister?” he mused. “Isn’t she just as villainous?”

Yes! She’s the worst/best! As for the middle sister’s kiss with a married farmer, Patton said, “That was like turn-of-century Russ Meyer stuff.” Spoken like a true CCMA nominee.

Dare we say we agree?

by (@katespencer)

George Clooney Calls Co-Star Shailene Woodley “A Pain In The Ass”

George Clooney is like the Bill Clinton of Hollywood — he makes every person he talks to feel like his best friend. I know this because I talked to George last night at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards, and we’re now best friends. Seriously, we are. I think. George, accompanied by lovely girlfriend Stacey Keibler, chatted with VH1 about his Descendants co-star Shailene Woodley, who was nominated for two awards and is poised to be the next big thing around LaLaLand. ‘I don’t care for her,” he teased. “She’s a pain in the ass.” Coming from George Clooney, that’s a compliment, right?

“She’s not just a really great actress,” said the star, who took home the Best Actor trophy. “She’s like a really normal smart young woman. I’m really impressed with her.” Awww! Spoken like a true movie dad.

Descendants director Alexander Payne had similar praise for the Secret Life of the American Teenager star when we spoke to him in November. “I didn’t have an also ran,” he said of casting her. “She just came in and knocked my socks off. My mental model had been a young Debra Winger — that look, that fire and vulnerability in her eyes. I didn’t find Debra Winger, I found this gal. She has her own version of that package of fire and vulnerability. She’s going places. And she’s nice as pie.”

Stay tuned to see if Shailene and George will take home a Golden Globe on Sunday!

Related: Shailene Woodley: Rising Star Or Wilderness Survivalist?

by (@katespencer)

Charlize Theron: Kristen Stewart And I Had “Amazing Chemistry”

Allow me to get cheesy here for a moment. Charlize Theron has an energy about her, guys. I interviewed her tonight at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards — my second time chatting with Charlize – and on both occasions it has felt like I am talking to a zen master. She’s just got this vibe — peaceful yet fierce, vibrant yet calm. And man, you can just tell she’s going to kick so much ass as the Evil Queen in Snow White and The Huntsman.

The film features two strong female leads, with Charlize battling Kristen Stewart’s Snow White. The Oscar winner told me the two clicked instantly. “We had amazing chemistry, right off the bat,” she said. “We just really hit it off.”

“We had a great time doing it,” Charlize said of the film. “I hope people enjoy it as much as we did.” Not to worry — we’re pretty sure we’re going to love it.

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by (@katespencer)

Elle Fanning: On Being A Teen Fashion Icon And Working With Robert Pattinson One Day

Elle Fanning’s Rodarte gown at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards fit her personality perfectly — playful and light, yet totally glam. I chatted with the Super 8 actress about her love of fashion and her growing reputation as a style icon. “I’ve always loved clothes ever since I was little,” she told me, adding that she’s “really close” with Rodarte designers Laura and Kate Mulleavey. Elle, who was nominated for Best Young Actor/Actress, was giddy when discussing her status. “I look up to so many people in fashion,” she said, “so it’s funny for people to say that I’m a fashion icon.”

Elle’s big sister, Dakota, has outed her as a serious Robert Pattinson fan, so I had to ask her about maybe one day working with the Twilight star. “I would love that!” said Elle. “My sister said he was so nice, and I got to meet him at the premiere. That would be fun!” she said with a smile. Let’s make it happen, Hollywood!

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by (@katespencer)

Hunger Games Star Josh Hutcherson On Peeta And Katniss’ Kiss: “It’s Good!”

For someone who is on the verge of mega-stardom, The Hunger Games’ Josh Hutcherson could not be a more easygoing, earnest and sweet guy to talk too. Seriously, some actors are good at laying it on thick and rolling out manufactured answers, but talking to Josh is like chatting with a friend. Kinda reminds me of another interview favorite whose name rhymes with Robert Pattinson. Wait, that is his name. Well, you catch my drift.

I was given two questions with Josh at the People’s Choice Awards, but as you can see in the video above, I just kept talking as he headed on to his next interview. I’m not gonna lie, guys, I was kinda tongue-tied and nervous. I’ve been waiting to talk to this dude for so long and am SO excited to see him as Peeta that my mouth turned to mush when he sauntered up to my spot on the carpet. It was like finally speaking to the guy you’ve had a crush on for months and then being too freaked out to form a sentence. But I did manage to ask him a few things: about his bond with Liam Hemsworth and Jennifer Lawrence, his favorite scene to shoot in the movie, that kiss, and if he gets freaked out by the fame and Team Peeta movement. He’s all yours in the video above.

by (@katespencer)

Jay-Z Hates Egg Nog, Michael Fassbender Believes In Santa And Other Celebrity Holiday Revelations

Tis the season to talk to celebs on the red carpet about the ups, downs and WTFs of the holidays. In the video above we’ve got Jay-Z dissecting the drama of drinking too much egg nog (we’ve all been there, Hov), Nicole Scherzinger getting grossed out over fruit cake, and Shame star Michael Fassbender claiming that he still believes in Santa Claus. Funny, that’s kind of like us still believing we can one day date Michael Fassbender! Here’s to ho-ho-hoping that he’s under the tree waiting for us this Christmas. If not, an advance copy of Shame will do. (Guys, he’s naked in it! NAKED. Happy Holidays to our eyes!)

by (@katespencer)

Patton Oswalt On His Critics’ Choice Nom: “It’s Like Gravy On Top Of Gravy”

Patton Oswalt scored a Critics’ Choice Awards Supporting Actor nomination for his role in Young Adult, and the comedian shared his excitement with us at the film’s premiere last week. “I really appreciate it,” he told us. “This is like gravy on top of gravy that was on top of icing.” The dude’s thrilled and we’re thrilled for him – he’s great in Young Adult and one of our favorite stand ups to ever roam the comedy clubs of planet earth.

The best part is that the Critics Choice Awards air on VH1 (January 12 at 8PM EST, ya’ll), so we get to hang with Patton again next month. “Is there drinking?” he asked of the show. “I’ll sneak a flask in.” Yes please, new boozy soul mate of ours! We promised the comic that if he found us backstage or on the carpet we’d have a bottle of his favorite scotch waiting for him. We’re hoping he takes us up on the offer; now all we need to do is figure out how much a bottle of Balvenie costs. Anyone?