You can always count on VH1 to ask celebrities the most important questions on the red carpet. We headed to the Emmys with one mission and one mission only: to get as many stars as possible to sing their favorite TV theme songs. After all there are SO many good ones! Just try to pick your favorite. Cheers, Friends, The Jeffersons, Punky Brewster, Facts of Life, Welcome Back Kotter, New Girl, the amazing instrumental jams of The Cosby Show and Beverly Hills, 90210 — can you choose just one? The stars we talked to at the Emmys gave it their best shot and some even sang their picks because really, that’s the only way to do it. Wanna see what it looks like when Hank (Dean Norris) from Breaking Bad sings The Brady Bunch theme song? How about The Amazing Race’s Phil Keoghan singing Gilligan’s Island? Yeah, we thought so. Click on, friends.
We’re still not sure if Ryan Lochte is actually dating Miss USA Olivia Culpo or if the two are just enjoying each other’s company enormously during New York Fashion Week. What we do know, thanks to an interview with E! and another VH1 News’ Janell Snowden, is that she seems like his ideal woman.
“I want a girl that can actually take care of herself that’s not always looking for me to take care of them, they can hold their own,” he told VH1. “And if a girl can make me laugh and smile, because that’s what life is all about is just having fun, so if a girl can do that to me, I’m sold.”
And you may recall that his words to E! about Olivia included mentions of her “great sense of humor” and how impressed he was that she won Miss USA after just a year of participating in pageants. It’s meant to be!
Meanwhile, after seeing Ryan out and about at the shows all week long, sporting various forms of subdued, casual menswear, we wonder what fashion item gives him the most confidence when he heads out into the world. One of those great leather jackets he’s been wearing? That grill? His Speedo? Nope. “My watch,” he told Janell, showing off his blingy Breitling. “I designed this. I got it custom-made with black diamonds.” And how much does that bit of confidence set you back? “About 60 grand.”
Olivia, if you ever want a break from making Ryan laugh, we’re next in line. Here’s a closer look at that watch: Read more…
As prevalent as Twitter is among both celebs and regular folks alike, we sometimes forget what a huge step it is for someone, particularly a public figure, to decide to put it all out there, 140 characters at a time.
“I’ve stayed away from Twitter for a long time because I didn’t trust myself with such a very intimate but public way of relating to the world,” Twilight star and Twitter newcomer (@reasereaser) Elizabeth Reaser told VH1′s Kate Spencer on the red carpet at the VMAs. “But I feel like I’ve studied it enough, and I realized I was going on other people’s Twitter pages and I love seeing what my friends are up to. I love communicating with people, and I’ve actually kind of fallen in love with it.
“It’s a legal form of voyeurism, and I’m into it,” she added. “You don’t have to leave the house but you can communicate.”
After just five days on the service, Reaser admitted, “I’m really addicted to it now. It’s embarrassing. I’m having a really good time.” And we’re having a good time following her. In addition to chatting with her onscreen husband Peter Facinelli as they took in the VMAs last night, the actress also shared a couple of awesome pictures of herself: first in the car on the way to the show, then with the Fierce Five.
“I look forward to that performance that people will be talking about for 10 years,” fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff told VH1′s Kate Spencer last night on the VMA red carpet. “I have a feeling that might be Alicia Keys tonight.”
His feeling may prove true, but not just due to Keys’ soaring vocals during “Girl on Fire.” Olympic gold medalist Gabby Douglas showed up onstage to deliver a bit of her floor exercise/dance in the middle of the song, definitely demonstrating what a girl on fire looks like.
Other celebs on the red carpet were likely satisfied with the performances of their faves, too. “One Direction just showed up!” the entire cast of MTV’s Inbetweeners practically squealed like tween girls, before breaking out into the boy band’s “What Makes You Beautiful.”
Besties Rihanna and Katy Perry seemed to be fans of nothing as much as each other all night. Their adorable shared whispers were the best cutaway shots of the show.
And Ne-Yo disclosed his plans for the night: “[I'm a] huge, huge fan of Pink; she never disappoints. I haven’t stalked anybody today, I think she’s going to be my target.”
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We have no idea which is cuter: Jackson Rathbone’s new baby boy, or Jackson Rathbone describing his new baby boy. Check out the video above and you’ll see what we mean. It’s a tossup! VH1′s Kate Spencer caught up with the Twilight actor on the VMA red carpet last night, and asked him about life as a dad since the birth of his son Monroe Jackson Rathbone VI in early July. And it sounds pretty darn adorable.
“I’m used to long hours and late nights, but it’s much more rewarding raising a little baby,” says the 27-year old. “He’s the most wonderful thing. He’s so beautiful, he’s got the greatest smile, little dimples.” Not only is he super precious, but he’s also a sleeper. “We’re blessed because he sleeps through the night,” he added. Sounds like the ideal baby situation to us!
The VMAs ended last night with Taylor Swift performing “We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together,” her latest stinging anthem to relationships gone horribly horribly wrong. It’s not news to say that T-Swizzle has gotten some pretty decent mileage (and record sales) from her heartbreak with high profile dudes like John Mayer, Joe Jonas, Taylor Lautner and god knows how many more. It’s gotta be pretty freaky for a guy to get called out in the form of a hit pop track…but then again, it might be kind of cool. Right? Like being part of an irritatingly catchy piece of history. VH1′s very own Kate Spencer was on the VMA red carpet and asked celebs to weigh in on whether or not they’d like to be the subject of a Taylor Swift breakup song!
Drag Race star RuPaul wasn’t too enthused at the idea, saying he’d rather be in “a Taylor Swift make-up song,” and fun. guitarist Jack Antonoff also wasn’t feeling it. “Too stressful. Seems really stressful. I like that song, but I don’t know if I’d want it to be about me.” Dan Reynolds from Las Vegas rockers Imagine Dragons seemed downright terrified at the thought! “I think that that’s every man’s biggest nightmare. Especially now,” he said. “She puts people on blast. She seems like a sweet girl but then she goes hard.”
In any election year, there are moments when it’s difficult to tell the difference between real political coverage and, say, The Onion or The Daily Show. That’s precisely why director Jay Roach felt Will Ferrell’s and Zach Galifianakis’ candidates in The Campaign had to be unmistakably over the top — to make sure you can tell them apart from the comedians asking for our votes this November. But when VH1 interviewed the stars of the movie, which opens today, about their own political experiences, it turns out this movie wasn’t all about acting for them. Ferrell, for example, might be living out his failed attempt at local government.
“I was part of a committee in my neighborhood to close down all our streets and to make our own kind of encampment and take down all our doors and live as a commune,” he told us, quite seriously. “That was kind of like a local government thing.”
But alas, his campaign didn’t work. “No, no one wanted to listen to me.”
By contrast, Dylan McDermott, who plays Galifianakis’ character’s assassin-like campaign manager, once made use of his celebrity status to make a guest appearance at the Democratic National Convention, when Al Gore was nominated as the presidential candidate in 2000. That may have turned out to be the pinnacle of his political career, however.
There are a lot of reasons to laugh at Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis‘ movie The Campaign, but only one real reason to jump up and down in your seat: Uggie the dog makes a cameo! For real, we were sure that we’d seen the last of The Artist’s scene-stealer during awards season, when his trainers announced the 10-year-old canine was retiring from showbiz. But it turns out, Campaign director Jay Roach booked him just under the wire.
“Uggie retired the day after we shot,” Roach told VH1. “I don’t know what that says about our set. Maybe it’s a source of so much stress that Uggie couldn’t take … or maybe it was what had to happen to Uggie [in the movie].”
We won’t spoil what happens to the beloved terrier in the movie, but once you see it, you’ll know why Roach told us, apologetically, “Neither Uggie nor any infants were harmed on our set. It was all visual effects.” Maybe it’s just that Uggie didn’t quite get Ferrell and Galifianakis’ particular brand of teasing comedy.
“Hate to break it to you, friend, but your balloon is getting ready to pop, and that balloon is full of your own butt toots,” Zach Galifianakis’ Marty Huggins tells Will Ferrell’s Rep. Cam Brady before their first debate in The Campaign.
“You’re such a little turd that when you sit in sand, cats try to bury you,” Ferrell shoots back.
After our my personal experience with the Galifianakis-Ferrell show, I realized it’s very difficult to tell which of those insults came from a written script and which must have sprung straight from their mouths. And I wondered how, if at all, a director could control the hilarious fighting spirit of these two stars.
Reality-show contestants come a dime a dozen, and once their shows are off the air, we’re so busy watching the next competition, we often forget to see whether the winners go on to make it in their chosen profession. For every Carrie Underwood and Jordin Sparks, there are dozens of Taylor Hicks and Nikki McKibbins. But one show seems to be the exception to the rule: The alumni (not just winners) of So You Think You Can Dance show up everywhere: In music videos, on Broadway, on tour with pop stars, on Glee and, this weekend, in Step Up Revolution. When VH1 caught up with the movie’s star, Kathryn McCormick (third place in season 6) and co-star Stephen “Twitch” Boss (season 4′s second-place dancer), we asked how the show contributed to their success.
“[SYTYCD alums] have the mindset that just because they’ve been on the show, nothing is going to be handed to them,” explained freestyle dancer Twitch, who also appeared in Step Up 3D. “They still have to create their opportunities. And for the things that are presented to them, you still have to deliver. So no matter what, even with your exposure on the show, you still have to put your work in it. You still have to continue to pay your dues. The show gives you a rep, yes, it does. And it gives you that exposure, yes, but you still have to deliver on your end of the deal.”