We knew Coco and Ice-T are a couple of many talents. We have also seen plenty of evidence on TV, Twitter and interviews that they’re often just like regular people, despite those ample talents. So when VH1 News caught up with the adorable twosome at the New York premiere of Cirque du Soleil’s Michael Jackson: The Immortal World Tour, we asked if, like the rest of us, they had fantasies of running away and joining the circus. Or the cirque. And oh, they have more than just fantasies.
“I was in gymnastics in high school, so I did the high bars, parallel bars, pommel horse, so …,” Ice revealed, leading us to believe that he had a whole backup plan if that rap thing didn’t pan out.
“I think I’m the flexible one in the house,” Coco put in. And her hubby agreed, “Yeah, she would be the contortionist,” before the interview devolved into talk of the kind of flexibility you don’t show off onstage. Anyway, yeah, we’ve seen evidence of Coco’s flexibility.
When Sean Bean rolled up to talk to us at the Mirror, Mirror premiere recently, it was all we could do to keep from shouting “GAME OF THRONEZZZ OMG!” Yes, the show is that amazing, thanks in large part to Bean’s portrayal of Ned Stark. (His role in Mirror, Mirror is kind of blink-and-you-miss it, but pivotal and classic Sean Bean nonetheless.) We asked the British actor for his thoughts on another niche show with a mega-following, Downton Abbey. He surprised us by not being as big a fan as, well, the entire Internet seems to be. “I’ve kind of seen it all before,” he said when asked if he was into the show. “I might sound a bit flip, but I don’t think it’s representative of what the English are, of what the English were.
“I think it’s very well done and very well acted,” he continued. “It’s OK.” For more of the delightful Mr. Bean’s thoughts on Downton, and the kinds of stories of the U.K. that we should be seeing, check out our interview above. And Game of Thrones fans, take note (spoiler-y, if you STILL haven’t seen season one): The actor told us he’d be tuning in for this season, even though he’s not, uh, in it.
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Warning! This is gonna be a gushy post.
Ian Somerhalder is obviously incredibly handsome (those eyes!) but the most beautiful thing about him is his compassion for animals. (There’s that gushing we talked about earlier.) The Vampire Diaries star was honored at the Human Society’s annual Genesis Awards last week, which celebrates entertainers who support causes that protect our furry friends. Ian manages his own foundation that supports environmental and animal causes, and recently turned his birthday into a fundraising opportunity. Our interview on the red carpet was an educational experience, with Ian dropping knowledge about overfishing, conserving the Everglades and simple methods of spaying and neutering strays. It was like college, but compacted into a three minute interview with the best looking man on the planet. In other words, heaven!
Our favorite part of our convo was Ian describing how he’s currently in the process of rescuing four kittens born on the Vampire Diaries set. Once he humanely traps, spays and brings them all home, the kitties will bring his animal count up to ten. Somer-dorable.
Hey Nina Dobrez – well played, girl.
It’s here! The return of Mad Men after two long years is practically being hailed as television’s second coming, and VH1 News was there at the premiere to get the inside scoop from the cast. Fans of the show know that the last season ended with one of the biggest WTF cliff-hangers of all time. So what can we expect from season five? We asked the stars to sum up the new series in one word, and their answers were everything we could hope for!
“Shocking. Surprising. Some sort of ‘S’ word,” said Jon Hamm, while Jared Harris went straight to the heart of the matter by offering “amazeballs.” Well said, sir! January Jones got surprisingly shy when asked to sum up season five. “I can’t! If I think of one word, I feel like it’ll give it away,” she laughed. But eventually she settled on “suspense.” But the final word belongs to John Slattery, who plays office renegade Roger Sterling. “Two words … surprising and satisfying.” Technically he broke the rules, but we’ll take it.
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The video above should really just be titled “The Moment I Fell In Love With Amanda Seyfried.” I caught up with the actress recently while out promoting her new, super-scary film Gone. Of course I had to ask about her upcoming role as Cosette in Les Miserables, because I, like every other human, first saw the musical when I was eight years old and then spent the next 20+ years listening to and crying over the soundtrack. (Did I sing “Castle On A Cloud” while auditioning for my fifth grade’s performance of Oliver only to be cast in the chorus? Oh yes. Yes I did.)
It should be noted that when I refer to the “theater geeks panting to see” Les Mis, I am obviously speaking about myself. I also meant that fans are excited for the film; but I clearly articulated myself poorly and it was interesting to hear Amanda’s response. Her passion for the project is evident in her face alone, and her dedication and conviction made me immediately excited to see her in the role.
As for the pressure already building around the project, the actress says, “you can’t really focus too much on what the fans want completely when you’re cast. If they don’t think I’m the right Cosette, eff em. Because, I’m an actor and I’m going to try my best to embody that character. That’s my focus…it means a lot to me to get Les Mis. And I’m going to honor that.”
A couple of weeks ago I attended a screening of Amanda Seyfried’s new film Gone. Well “attended,” is putting it nicely – I was curled up in a terrified ball chewing on my fingers alongside my more composed and cool peers. Gone is SCA-RY. Like, there is a murderer chasing you in the woods and tormenting you with psychological warfare and no one but your sister believes you and suddenly she’s gone missing, scary.
See why I was freaked out?
The movie even gave me nightmares, so when I got the chance to discuss it with Amanda I had to ask her if she takes any particular enjoyment from scaring the sh*t out of viewers. Turns out, she LOVES it.
SEYFRIEDDDDD! [shakes fist in both frustration and admiration.]
Check out our interview with the star above and catch Gone in theaters now.
Guys, look. I’m a regular gal. I like to hide behind my glasses and I’m currently wearing cheap neon yellow sneakers, Gap jeans, and a t-shirt I stole from my BFF Sarah in 1999. So needless to say I was way nervous when tackling the ol’ “what to wear to my first Oscars red carpet” conundrum, which, I might add, is a wonderful conundrum to have. Luckily I was placed in very capable hands and hit up the Kodak Theater in this ridiculously gorgeous Halston dress and sparkly Aruna Seth heels, ie: my dream shoes. (Humblebrag: Pippa Middleton wore the same pair to the Royal Wedding reception.) Thanks to both designers for making my red carpet look come together!
Underneath all that glamorous goodness I had an army of synthetic fibers working overtime to keep things in line. I owe a heartfelt thank you to a serious set of Spanx, a ridiculous looking yet magical adhesive bra, and lots of double-sided tape. And it turns out I’m not alone! We also talked to the pros – Viola Davis, Diddy and Glenn Close, to name a few – about their gritty glam secrets, too.
A video of Adam Lambert performing “Outlaws of Love” — a song we’re thrilled to hear on his upcoming album, Trespassing — at a concert in Montreal found its way onto Youtube this past summer. In the clip, the singer talks about “acceptance” being a big inspiration behind his song-writing, specifically for “Outlaws of Love.” We asked Adam about it during our recent sit-down.
“I think one of the things about doing this as a career is that I’m able to give people strength and encouragement that feel like outsiders, especially being openly gay,” he told us. “But one of the things I haven’t gotten to do is sing about how it sucks sometimes, how it hurts, and the pain and the struggle that the LGBT community goes through on so many different levels. And that’s what this song is about.
Paul Feig, creator of Freaks and Geeks and director of Bridesmaids, is a Howard Stern Show superfan. And I, Kate Spencer, creator of a really good bowl of cereal that I just had for lunch, am a Paul Feig and Howard Stern Show superfan. So naturally, when I interviewed Paul at the People’s Choice Awards this month, the first thing I blurted out was: “I want you to be a guest on Howard Stern!”
I’m guessing this is the first time Feig’s ever encountered a reporter trying to match-make him with a radio show, and his response was priceless. “I wanna be on there!” he exclaimed, as Wendi Mclendon-Covey looked on with a smile. “Please Howard, have me as a guest. I won’t be a bad guest.” Paul’s been a fan of the show for over thirty years, starting back when Howard first went on the air in his native Detroit in the early 80s. “I’m one of Howard’s biggest fans!” He said. “I love Howard; I love the whole gang.”
If you’re not familiar with Feig’s work, pick up a copy of his hilarious memoir “Kick Me,” to learn all about his awkward adolescence, which so wonderfully inspired Freaks and Geeks, arguably one of the best TV shows ever made. He’s also an Emmy-nominated director of shows like The Office, Arrested Development, Nurse Jackie, Weeds, Parks and Recreation and Mad Men. He’s hilarious, he tweets pictures of his wife posing with Uggie the dog at the Golden Globes, and has been a Stern fan for over thirty years. He’s guaranteed to be an amazing guest, especially when paired with the King of all Media (aka the King of all Interviews).
Howard Stern is the best interviewer around (Who else could get David Arquette and Courteney Cox to discuss their divorce together?! And get Lady Gaga to open up for almost two hours? And get Chris Martin to actually speak about his marriage?) - and I’d love to see him dig into Feig’s dorky past and insanely successful present. So Howard (or Gary, or JD, or Jason,
or Bobo) – what do you say?
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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