The Amazing Spider-Man 2 opens tomorrow, reuniting moviegoers with Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, super-powered arachnids and a version of New York City that heavily relies on the work of selfless vigilantes. The real life couple’s chemistry is off the charts, leading the film to get praise for its romance and comedy moreso than simply a shiny new take on the classic comic. With so much history in the roles, and previous film adaptations that dominated the box office, each actor has big shoes to fill. Yes, I’m specifically talking about the cheery, p-ssy posse-approved kicks of Kirsten Dunst and Tobey Maguire!
We all get by with a little help from our friends, but celebs even more so. After all, Hollywood is a tough biz, and the only way to survive the ups and downs of Tinseltown is by surrounding yourself with a few true pals who will stick by your side in good times as well as during the bumps and slumps. We’ve long loved the enduring bond Oprah Winfrey and her BFF Gayle King share, and got teary-eyed this awards season watching Busy Phillips escort her nominated pal Michelle Williams to every event in town. And who can resist dudes like Tom Sturridge and Robert Pattinson and Jay-Z and Kanye West, who are always on hand to support each other’s personal and professional triumphs?
And then there are gals like Snooki and J-Woww, who have stuck by each other from day one in the Jersey Shore house. Through booze, bitch slaps, anonymous note-leaving, Vinny sex and drunken fights on the streets of Italy, they’ve never left each other’s side. The girls have a new reality show premiering tonight on MTV chronicling — what else? — the ups and downs of their friendship. In honor of their unbreakable bond, we’ve got 35 of the Most Adorable Celebrity Besties in the gallery below. Have a fave pair? Shout ‘em out in the comments.
[Note: Round 2 is closed. Head here for the final round in the Best Kiss Smoochdown!]
OME. Just editing photos for our MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss Smoochdown is raising the temperature in this office today. The things we do for you fans. Round 1 just finished this morning, and so we’ll say goodbye to worthy contenders Save the Last Dance, Brokeback Mountain, Independence Day and Shakespeare in Love in this grueling tournament to determine the hottest facesuckers of all past MTV Movie Awards Best Kiss winners. The victories leading up to this point were swift and decisive, but now it’s time to make some tough decisions for Round 2. Polls close Friday at 9 a.m. ET.
Blame It On the Rain: Spider-Man Vs. The Notebook
Tobey Maguire and Kirsten Dunst defied gravity, bad guys and the admittedly creepy factor of kissing a strange boy in a dark alley for this Golden Popcorn worthy makeout sesh. In interviews, Kirsten Dunst said the rain made it feel like she was drowning too. But all that discomfort didn’t discourage the Spider-Man co-stars to carry on their romance off-screen while filming the 2001 flick. Rachel McAdams and Ryan Gosling’s drenched performance didn’t seem to require all that much acting in The Notebook — the two were also dating in real life. We really can’t blame them. But can we choose between them?
This definitely is a Baz Luhrmann movie, is the first thought that crossed my mind when I saw this newly released trailer for The Great Gatsby. The clip’s only two and a half minutes but leaves your brain scrambling to process the series of lavish visuals thrown together. As the opening bars of The Throne’s “No Church in the Wild” plays and Tobey Maguire begins narrating, “New York, 1922. The tempo of the city had changed sharply. The buildings were higher, parties were bigger, the morals were looser …” the screen explodes into fireworks and scenes from a decadent party that are quite reminiscent of Baz’s Moulin Rouge and Romeo + Juliet. He’s always so particular about his costumes and production, isn’t he? Carey Mulligan looks divine in this, Maguire and Leonardo DiCaprio is pitch perfect, and here’s the piece de resistance — we didn’t know this until now, but the Bollywood legend, Amitabh Bachchan is playing the wolfish character of Meyer Wolfsheim, as you’ll see in the trailer. Apparently, Baz chased him down for the role. I’m still concerned about the chemistry between Leo and Carey as Jay Gatsby and Daisy Buchanan, but will reserve all judgement until I actually watch the film. Which I definitely will, as should you.
Before we get into anything else, can we please just say how delicious Andrew Garfield looks on the June cover of V Man? We’re crushing hard-core. What’s really awesome about this spread, though, other than the pictures, is the fact that they got the original Spider-Man himself, Tobey Maguire to interview Andrew. How cool is that? It’s like — Peter Parker, meet Peter Parker! The whole piece is quite conversational in nature and full of them cracking jokes. For instance when Tobey, laughingly, asks Andrew, “Would that be the release of The Amazing Spider-Man?!” and Andrew replies, “That’s the one! Do you know about this movie?”
The conversation reveals the actors’ mutual admiration, as Tobey responded to that previous statement, “I do know about it! Actually, when it was coming together, I was particularly excited at two moments: One was when [director] Marc Webb got involved. I think he’s an interesting and cool choice. And then I was certainly curious as to who was going to play Peter Parker. When I heard it was you, I was literally like, F— perfect!” The two also chat about the audition process for the role, and how physically demanding it is, while comparing notes about their own particular experiences. We have to say, it sounds kind of grueling, emotionally and mentally more than anything!
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Finding out that Tobey Maguire regularly rakes in hundreds of thousands of dollars at underground A-list poker games is like finding out your soft-spoken gym teacher was a mafioso, or that the school nurse was an exotic animals smuggler. Kind of cool, but weirdly unexpected and, therefore, unsettling? Rather than go to court and potentially have more perturbingly cool secrets revealed, the Great Gatsby star decided to pony up $80,000 to settle a lawsuit over winnings he got from poker buddy/corrupt investor Brad Ruderman. Maguire won $311,000 off Ruderman during said awesome games; Ruderman’s clients now insist that their funds illegally made their way into the Spider-Man actor’s winnings. Tobey asserted as part of the settlement that he didn’t know about Ruderman’s financial dealings “or any other improper activity.” That being said, it all really makes you wonder what secrets lurk behind those sleepy, sleepy eyes. Seriously, the man was in Seabiscuit! It just doesn’t seem right!
It’s Halloween, so every celeb on this site should be dressed up in an outrageous outfit. It’s the law or something! And our vote for classiest costume goes to Leonardo DiCaprio and Tobey Maguire. So what if it’s not for the holiday? The dudes look pretty damn dapper, so sue us! The two actors were snapped on the set of Baz Luhrmann’s adaptation of The Great Gatsby, wearing steller suits and driving a seriously old school car. We’d like to go trick-or-treating in that whip. Check out the gallery below for more.
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Wow, we always sort of pictured Tobey Maguire as a quiet, smiling quasi-wiener of a guy, maybe with some blueberry pie smeared on his face that he doesn’t know about. However, it seems the actor has been dropping that Cider House Rules money when he shouldn’t have, and now Tobey Maguire’s gambling winnings are being called out in a lawsuit that makes Tobey seem shockingly hard-core. Allegedly Maguire frequently takes part in illegal poker games populated by celebrities and millionaires (which fits with what we suspected about famous people). Maguire might have been able to keep his Bond-esque nighttime activities private if he hadn’t won money from Bradley Ruderman, a hedge fund manager who used his clients money in the games, thereby enabling card shark Maguire to buy all the short-sleeved button downs his mild heart could desire.
Ruderman is currently in jail for defrauding investors, and trustees of his bankrupt company are trying to get back the reported $25 million he lost to various high-rollers, including $311,200 currently stuffed in Maguire’s wallet. Matt Damon, Leonardo DiCaprio and Ben Affleck also took part in the poker games, but aren’t being sued, despite how cool that would make all of them seem right now. Other players such as The Notebook‘s Nick Cassavetes have been named in the lawsuit, meaning that while we were weeping into our sweatshirts over Noah and Allie finally getting together in the rain, Cassavetes was making it rain hundos all over the Hollywood elite.
Sure, the women looked gorgeous in their Golden Globes gowns, but it was the guys who stole our hearts. After all, nothing says sexy like a rain-soaked tuxedo and a thick head of slicked-back hair. And they showed their manners too – did you see how many of the fellas politely held umbrellas for their lovely ladies on the red carpet? Now that’s sexy. [Photos: GettyImages]
The media is going gaga over Sunday’s Golden Globes, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves, people. Do the Globes have Nick Jonas & The Administration as its house band? Do the Globes have Adam Lambert and Sarah Silverman presenting an award together (spoiler: expect something memorable)? Are John Krasinski, Amy Poehler and Death Cab for Cutie paying tribute to John Hughes at the Golden Globes? True, the Globes have funnyman Ricky Gervais as its host, but is he as easy on the eyes as funny girl and CCMA host Kristin Chenoweth? Of course not!
That’s why you’ll want to watch VH1 tonight at 9PM EST (red carpet, 8:30) and join our Critics’ Choice Blog Party right here or via mobile by texting PARTY to 22422. Blogging along with us are our pals Moviefone, The Envelope, The Huffington Post, BestWeekEver and fashion experts Refinery29.
Expect to see most actors nominated for a Critics’ Choice Award at the show (we’re talking A-listers at the George Clooney/Meryl Streep/Matt Damon level), plus a lineup of presenters that includes Kristen Bell, Emily Blunt, Bradley Cooper, Josh Duhamel, Zac Efron, Vera Farmiga, Heather Graham, Samuel L. Jackson, Tobey Maguire, Amy Poehler, Zoe Saldana and Susan Sarandon. Critics’ Choice is known as the best barometer for who will win at the Academy Awards. So use tonight to start filling out your Oscar ballots.