Election fever is starting to go full tilt as we cruise into fall, and celebs of all stripes have put in appearances at the national political conventions to show their support for their favorite presidential candidate! Democrats seemed to have the hotties in their corner, with appearances from Scarlett Johansson, Natalie Portman, Kerry Washington and Eva Longoria. Yeah, we all know about how most of Hollywood are Democrats (insert evil liberal media bias conspiracy argument here). But what can we say, the pictures speak for themselves! We also have some rap and R&B artists like Common, will.i.am and Mary J. Blige bringing the noise and the funk for Barack Obama. Even U.S. Gynmastic sweetheart Gabby Douglas got in on the red, white and blue fun!
Say what you will about their politics, but the Republican National Convention definitely rocked the hardest of the two. Mitt Romney and the gang had a hand from freakin’ Journey! But that’s not all. Axe-men from3 Doors Down, Lynyrd Skynyrd shredded their strings for the GOP, and Kid Rock, Trace Adkins and Taylor Hicks also showed up to belt a few tunes. Plus, who could forget Clint Eastwood and his incredible empty chair? Head to the gallery below to check out all the famous folks who have made their voices heard at the national political conferences!
Will.i.am needs to get a legal team together on the double. He’s being taken to court by a company called “I.Am.Clothing” (sounds familiar, right) for backing out of an endorsement deal they made with him. According to the company, they sat down with Will two years ago, in 2010, and put together a deal. They claim that he agreed to their terms and signed on to being the face for the clothing line. We’re guessing that there was a load of paperwork that also went down.
But here’s the problem now: Will seems to think that his part of the deal is done and he doesn’t need to endorse them any longer. The company, on the other hand, claims that the singer has to carry on hawking the line till 2016. And because of the two differing opinions, they’re suing Will.i.am for $2 million. Ouch!
We have a theory: Adele and the Brit Awards producers must have known that no one would treat “Adele wins” as a big headline-worthy deal this week, after she swept the Grammys last week. So they purposely cut her off during her acceptance speech, and she flipped them the bird. Yep. That worked! The triumphant songstress’ middle finger livened up her otherwise risk-free appearance, but other stars at last night’s show let their gowns (or lack thereof) do the talking. For her performance, Rihanna switched out her breathtaking, beaded gold gown for a sweatshirt and some boxer brief. Jessie J flashed us her underpants through a gauzy, flamenco-style red gown. And Florence Welch looked a bit like wild animals tried to rip her dress off her — but the look kind of worked on the energetic singer. It was a night when risks paid off, after all.
Check out the looks that wowed us, and a few that we’d like to splash with some of Coldplay’s Day-Glo paint, just to liven things up a bit.
Of all the fashions we spotted on the red carpet and onstage at last night’s AMAs, there were some that were clearly awesome and others that hurt our delicate eyes. But then there was the middle ground. The outfits that confuse our sense of right and wrong. Daring, but maybe too much. Awful, but maybe in an interesting way. Gorgeous if only they fit better.
Maybe you can help us out: Were Justin Bieber‘s tiger-striped pants hideous or hilarious? Should we admire J.Lo‘s nude bodysuit on the grounds that it showed off her assets? If Jennifer Hudson looked so uncomfortable in her super-short gold dress, does that detract from its hotness? Let us know in the comments or on Twitter @theFABlife.
Last night, Alicia Keys continued her work to solve the AIDS crisis, hosting the 8th Annual Keep a Child Alive Black Ball at New York’s Hammerstein Ballroom. While helping to fund research, treatment and care for those affected by AIDS, the guest were treated to performances by the likes of Keys, Usher, Mary J. Blige, will.i.am and more. The evening also honored the late Beatle and philanthropist George Harrison. Our invite was surely lost in the mail, but we’re content to gaze upon the stars’ best red-carpet fashions. Check out the stunning (not all-black) looks worn by Tyra Banks, Chanel Iman, Kerry Washington and more in the gallery below.
It would be hard to overstate how much Apple co-founder Steve Jobs transformed our lives, from getting a mouse into our hands to introducing the touch screen, from how we listen to music to how we talk face-to-face on our mobile phones. In the end, Jobs definitely delivered on his “Think Different” advertising slogan. So it’s not surprising that celebs from every walk of life took to Twitter and Facebook like the rest of us to share their condolences upon hearing that he lost his battle to cancer at the age of 56. R.I.P. Steve.
“Rest in peace, Steve Jobs. From all of us at #Obama2012, thank you for the work you make possible every day-including ours.”
An innovator. Contributed so much to this generation & beyond. RIP Steve Jobs.
“The world rarely sees someone who has had the profound impact Steve has had, the effects of which will be felt for many generations to come. For those of us lucky enough to get to work with him, it’s been an insanely great honor. I will miss Steve immensely.”
La La Vasquez
RIP Steve Jobs…praying for your family..thank YOU for all YOU’VE done to change our world and our way of thinking..
“This is a very special show for us,” Fergie told the 18,000 assembled fans, “Because it is the last time we’re going to be in England for a long time. We want you to know that we love you and thank you for the support you’ve given from the beginning.” Sadly, she didn’t go on to lead the band in a stirring rendition of “Edelweiss” (anyone? anyone?). “We’re going to be taking a break just like we did after we released Monkey Business in 2005 until we came back in 2009,” she continued from the stage. “But this isn’t going to be the last time you’ll see us.”
will.i.am took to his twitter to confirm the break, but claimed that it’s not the end of the Peas. “The @Bep will take a break after the beginning…just like we did from monkey business to the e.n.d…but it doesn’t mean we stop creating.” There will certainly be solo projects galore, but anyone who’s ever been broken up with knows that it always starts by “taking a break.”
Oh well, we’ll always have their music. And this classic image.
At first when we watched this video of Black Eyed Peas’ Will.I.Am forgetting his lyrics, then reading his entire rap break off his BlackBerry, we felt embarrassed for him. But when we watched it again, we realized that the fact he doesn’t even attempt to hide what he’s trying to do is…a little awesome. The man doesn’t even look phased as he scrolls through his rhymes while performing on-stage with Stromae on the French show Taratata. You can tell he’s thinking, “Yup, just dancing with this guy in bright red knee socks while I read directly off this tiny screen. And? I chose to assume you’re staring at me with your mouth open because you love my blazer that much.” The song, “Don’t Stop The Party” is at least a new one; if Will was breaking it down to “My Humps,” “Let’s Get It Started,” or any other classic Peas song, he could have just rhymed the last word of each line and no one would have ever been the wiser.
There’s a reason why Donald Trump looks so glum in this picture, while John Legend and girlfriend Chrissy Teigen look like they’re having a ball. Celebrities flocked to Washington D.C on Saturday for the White House Correspondent’s Association dinner and as usual the glam factor was pretty high. But the best part of the evening was that Trump was trumped by President Barack Obama and later, by Seth Meyers, who made some pointed jokes at The Donald’s expense in response to the “birther” debate.
Obama cracked some big ones like, “I know he’s taken some flack lately, but no one is prouder to put this birth certificate issue to rest than Donald, and that’s because he can get back to the issues that matter, like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?” Meyers rubbed it in even further with jibes like, “Donald Trump often appears on Fox, which is ironic, because a fox often appears on Donald Trump’s head.” Ouch. Donald’s massive ego must’ve taken an even more massive beating!
Now you see why Trump looks dyspeptic, right? But even he can’t deny that the dinner was an amazing success. The ladies looked gorgeous in full-length gowns (except Michelle Trachtenberg who needs to take it easy on the goth lipstick). Mila Kunis, Anna Paquin, America Ferrera, Rosario Dawson and a very pregnant Alyssa Milano hit it out of the ball park. Paula Abdul looked pretty fantastic too—surprise surprise. The men repp’d it with the likes of Ian Somerhalder, Chris Colfer and Chace Crawford looking sharp in their suits. This also happens to be the nightScarlett Johansson and Sean Penn made their hand-holding public. Page Six reports that Scarlett and Sean were all over each other at dinner with a source revealing, “She plopped down in his lap, and they were kissing.” We may not have pictures of their make-out sesh, but we do have plenty of the rest of the stars in all their finery. Check them out in our gallery below.
Apart from a few misses, we generally love Anne Hathaway’s (photos) sense of style, and her outfit at the L.A premiere for Rio on Sunday is probably going down as our favorite. Anne’s purple fringed Gucci dress and sexy gladiatrix stilettos have us drooling. We don’t exactly get the hipster glasses but she’s lovely enough to pull them off. But we’re counting on you to tell us whether we need to wear glasses for thinking they look good.
We’re also loving Will.I.Am‘s kicky sneakers with the inferno design. But more than anything else, we’re very grateful that Rodrigo Santoro showed up looking as drop-dead sexy as ever. Check out our gallery below for the low-down of celebrities who showed up for the event.