We’ve heard of establishments with a “No Shirt, No Service” rule and we’ve heard of swanky restaurants with a “Jacket Required” pre-requesiate. We’ve never heard of a place where you have to wear a jacket, but go topless, but according to this year’s sexiest magazine covers, it’s the latest and greatest fashion trend that will never hit the mainstream.
How did Emma Stone surprise Andrew Garfield on their recent date night? Which actors are reportedly up for the part of Augustus in The Fault In Our Stars? And what are the critics and (the fans) saying about Iron Man 3?
We may not have the big bucks to get the fancy blowouts celebrities get done by the best hairstylists, but there’s at least one thing we can get that puts us in the same league. Hair accessories, which have been huge this year! Floral head-pieces, sparkling stars, crystal hair-bows, and minimal metallic headbands have been all the rage and spotted on the likes of Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart, Charlize Theron and Jennifer Lawrence. And plenty more, but we’ve culled out our top 15 looks for you out of all of 2012.
A couple of stand-outs for us. Sarah Jessica Parker‘s custom Mickey Mouse ears made by L’Wren Scott, worn when she hosted the Barneys New York And Disney Electric Holiday Window Unveiling in November, were to die for. Emma Stone‘s delicate gold Jennifer Behr laurel leaf bandeaux worn at the The Amazing Spider-Man premiere at Oktyabr cinema hall in Moscow in June had us floored. Chloe Moretz also wore a darling crystal hair-bow at the National Board of Review Awards gala in January that wasn’t just age-appropriate. We insist it’s appropriate for every age. Which means a 30-year-old woman (i.e. this writer) gets to wear one and not feel like we’re edging in on a 14-year-old’s style territory! Feel free to pore through our gallery for the rest of the looks!
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Maybe you know Aaron Taylor-Johnson as the guy who got his ass kicked, and then saved, by Chloe Moretz in Kick-Ass. Maybe you know him as the guy who got engaged to his 23-years-older Nowhere Boy director Sam Taylor back when he was just 19, and now has two daughters with her. Or you could not know him at all. Yet. We’ve been keeping our eye on him lately, as he seduced us into sitting through all of the otherwise awful Savages and then as he seduced Keira Knightley into abandoning her son and society for his Count Vronsky in Anna Karenina (out today). And we think that those bedroom eyes and luscious locks will be gracing our screens a whole lot more often. When VH1 got to speak to Knightley and their AK director Joe Wright, we asked what’s so seductive about the 22-year-old Brit, and where they think he’ll go next.
“He’s a good mate, so no, I don’t think I could find anything seductive [about him],” Knightley laughed. “He’s a really lovely guy, got amazing hair. He’s wearing a wig in this film, but he actually has amazing hair. Very curly and brown. I’m quite jealous of his hair.”
She’s a fan of his acting, too, of course, but had more to say about Aaron as a family man. “He’s very funny in real life, a real sweethearts,” she said. “He is one of the best dad I’ve ever seen. He is so great with his girls.”
Wright offered this assessment of his young star’s career: “I think Aaron can do whatever he sets his mind to,” he told us. “At the moment he’s being an extraordinarily wonderful husband and father. I don’t know what he’s going to do next. It will be exciting to see.”
At the moment, Taylor-Johnson is shooting Kick-Ass 2, but we’re crossing our fingers for even more from him in the future. In the meantime, enjoy a look back at his beauty in film and on the red carpet.
You may have missed this amid all the Breaking Dawn noise, but there is another beautiful book adaptation hitting theaters this weekend that we’re very excited about — maybe you can make it a double feature? Anna Karenina marks the third collaboration between Keira Knightley and director Joe Wright, after their acclaimed work together in Atonement and Pride and Prejudice. It’s also about the thousandth time a director has chosen to cast Keira in a movie set in another time/far-off place, usually in the past, with the exception of Star Wars: Episode I. Early in her career, she appeared in TV adaptations of Oliver Twist and Doctor Zhivago. More recently, she’s worn all sorts of corsets and headpieces for the Pirates of the Caribbean movies, A Dangerous Method and The Duchess. After looking through this collection of work, we turned to Wright to explain what it is about Keira that makes people love to send her into the time machine.
“She has a kind of otherworldly beauty,” he told VH1. “It doesn’t feel like such a face could really exist walking down the street. And the way I see period movies is more like fantasies. Setting it in a time other than our own allows me to create all kinds of images and scenarios that might not be so believable if they were tethered to the contemporary world we have outside of our windows.
Is Keira Knightley trying to give Rihanna a run for her money? Because Rihanna posed naked for the December cover of GQ, whereas Keira is just topless for the December cover of Allure. But there are no losers here, least of all any of those two because they look incredible. Where Ri-Ri was styled far more naturally (or is it au naturel), Keira’s look is a lot more glamorous with red lips and tousled waves, which, as the hairstylist Christiaan helpfully explains as, “We wanted it to look sexy and flexible—like it was destroyed after a wild night, but not too, too wild.” Rihanna’s jacket that (barely) covered her modesty was a leather one, but Keira’s is a more glossy sequined version. And considering it’s a little hard to miss that she’s wearing nothing under that sparkly little bolero, the interview itself doesn’t let you forget that either. Keira talks about nudity in film saying, “I’m quite rigorous about what gets exposed. No bottom half! I don’t mind exposing my tits because they’re so small—people really aren’t that interested!” And as for deciding how much to show, “I think it’s much easier as you get older. You can say, ‘No.’ ‘Yes.’ ‘No.’” This is the part that we’re going to insert that she’s only 27-years-old. There is no “older” just yet.
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There’s a section in this article about Keira Knightley in the October issue of Vogue — she’s on the cover, natch — where the author prompts the actress to scrounge around her handbag. The reason why she’s being the bag lady is because Keira has to prove that she doesn’t use any special makeup or has special tricks to make her look that gorgeous. We were hoping that she did have some tips and tricks so that we could steal them and use them. But no, all she had to say was, “Just use a thin mascara brush. I find with a big mascara brush, you can get a very clumpy finish.” If only using a thin mascara brush would make us look like Keira. But we don’t, and the shoot inside of the actress dressed as a modern day Anna Karenina took our breath away. It’s not like Knightley is any stranger to period films (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement, The Duchess, A Dangerous Method) but this Joe Wright directed film looks like it’s taking epic to the next level. The role of the title character was a challenge for sure, but one she relished, saying, “When I reread the book last summer, I went, ‘Oh!’ It’s not a romance at all. I don’t think that Tolstoy is saying this is what you should do for love; quite a lot of the time he is saying the reverse. He hates Anna at certain moments. She is both a villain and a heroine. She can be incredibly vain and manipulative. She is somebody who breaks her own moral code, and yet the shame and disgust she lives with because of that make her fascinating.” We haven’t read the book in a while, but we’re guessing that Keira, dressed in those gorgeous silks and duchesse satins, is what’s going to be fascinating about the film. Those cheekbones are pretty unreal.
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Jessica Alba, whyyyyyyyyy? We understand that actors don’t have any control over the hairstyles their characters wear, but Alba’s bleached blond Sin City 2 look is making our retinas detach. “She got roots that Nancy,” the actress tweeted about her character, along with a photo of her hair in an ombre in-between phase. Later Alba post another photo of her hair dyed completely blond, and it’s giving us fashion flashbacks to her peroxide locks in Valentine’s Day. If you’ve seen that movie, you know exactly what we’re talking about. Then, as in now, light blond not Jessica Alba’s best look, but she’s nowhere near the only celeb whose bleached hair makes her look washed out rather than glammed up. From Lindsay Lohan to Victoria Beckham, Emma Stone to Angelina Jolie, a lot of famous ladies know blond is not always a girl’s best friend. Sometimes it just looks bleached.
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If you go see Seeking a Friend for the End of the World this weekend (and you really should), you will probably find yourself talking about it for hours, speculating about what you’d do if you found out a giant asteroid was going to destroy Earth in three weeks. Naturally, stars Steve Carell and Keira Knightley had thought about it a lot since making the movie.
“I’d cry, I’d take as many drugs as possible, and I’d try and forget the entire thing,” Knightley told VH1. (We’re guessing that’s also when she’d stop worrying so much about the paparazzi too.) We also asked her what the first thing she’d stop doing if she knew our time was up. “I think cleaning the house. Doing the dishes — I hate doing dishes.”
Wait, Keira Knightley does her own dishes? We love this girl.
The trailer for this fall’s much anticipated Joe Wright-directed literary adaptation Anna Karenina debuted on MSN today, giving us a glimpse at how the Atonement director is bringing the Russian classic to the big screen this November. It looks like a whole lot of sex and inner turmoil clashing with societal norms and politics, just as Tolstoy would have loved. And, of course, he knows how to highlight his star, Keira Knightley.
As we thought about Keira in the role of the scandalous Ms. Karenina, we couldn’t help but realize how very unlike that tragic lady she is. Come to think of it, she’s unlike most 27-year-old movie stars in her amazing ability to stay out of the gossip pages. All we know about her personal life these days is that she just got engaged last month to the Klaxons’ James Righton. When VH1 sat down with Knightley to talk about her new movie, Seeking a Friend for the End of the World (in theaters Friday), we asked her how she manages to be so (frustratingly!) private.
“A lot of hard work, and hiding an awful lot,” she told us. “But yeah, I seem to have managed it quite well. I’m making no predictions for the future. But, you know, my privacy is incredibly important to me. .. It’s very important that I get to feel kind of free, and get to do my thing without people taking lots of pictures.”