Jessica Simpson confirmed the pregnancy we pretty much all knew about already with a tweet yesterday that read, “Merry Christmas from my family to yours!” accompanying a deadly cute photo of 7-month-old daughter Maxwell Drew in front of the words “Big Sis” written in the sand. It by far surpasses Simpson’s “Mummy” tweet from last Halloween, and also makes us really wish she’d been able to break this news herself, rather than some “friend” who sold the story to Us weeks ago.
UPDATE: Weight Watchers also let Jessica announce her new pregnancy in a 30-second ad, released today. “Being healthy has become a part of who I am, which is great timing, because I’m having another baby,” she says. (WW made sure to add a printed message on the ad that says, “Pregnant women are not eligible to join Weight Watchers. Jessica has stopped following the plan and intends to return after she gives birth.”)
The announcement made us think back to all the other varied ways in which celebrity moms announced their big news to the world in 2012. Here are some of our favorites:
Snooki’s “OMG! I’m Pregnant!” Us Weekly Headline: This is another one we pretty much already knew about before the story was published, but the fact that we could totally hear Snooki’s voice as we read that headline made it more unique than your typical pregnancy story sold to a tabloid.
Amber Rose Follows Beyonce’s Example: Following a couple of weeks of speculation, Amber accompanied Wiz Khalifa to the MTV VMAs this year in a lacy skintight gown and caressed her little bump on the red carpet, leaving no more doubt about their big news. Months later, it looked like Jenna Dewan-Tatum was doing the same red-carpet reveal in her flowy princess gown at VH1 DIVAS, but she and Channing Tatum decided to let us guess for a few more hours before going the typical publicist-to-magazine route. Read more…
Who would have thought that a funny name, an inauspicious start in an all-dance movie and a sordid stripper past would eventually be the perfect equation for a leading man. His star has been rising for a while but this was truly the year the world fell head over heels in love with Channing Tatum. Maybe because he turned his dance talents into a weirdly serious film about stripping called Magic Mike, maybe because he healed our amnesia in The Vow, maybe it’s because we can’t stop laughing at his scientific equations from 21 Jump Street, maybe it’s even because we saw him romance his real-life wife again in 10 years. Or maybe we just like that mug of his.
Dominating Moment: That would be the release and subsequent American obsession with Steven Soderbergh’s Magic Mike, because even when they were wearing clothing, it was actually good!
Did we call this yesterday, or what? Actually, we didn’t really call it, as we tried to respect Jenna Dewan-Tatum and Channing Tatum’s wishes to announce their big news — that Jenna’s pregnant with their first baby — in the manner of their choosing, i.e. by having their rep confirm the news to Us Weekly and People today. But we just couldn’t ignore the fact that Jenna’s empire-waisted, princess-worthy gown screamed “baby bump” last night at VH1 DIVAS. And when Jenna and Elisha Cuthbert were onstage introducing Ciara, the Step Up star totally touched her belly in that semi-subconscious expectant mother way.
Jenna and Chan “are pleased to announce that they are expecting the birth of their first child next year,” their rep told People. Congrats, you two! We hope the world can stand the inevitable cuteness a Tatum baby will bring. To prepare ourselves, here are some adorable pictures of the happy parents-to-be:
We don’t really mean that headline how you think — since we’re against calling “baby bump” on ladies who have yet to announce anything themselves. We’re mostly just admiring Jenna Dewan-Tatum’s fairy princess look — complemented by that princess-worthy headband and bright, youthful makeup — on its own merit. But when we saw Mrs. Channing Tatum step onto the purple carpet for tonight’s VH1 DIVAS, where she’s a presenter, we thought, “Whoa, mama.”
“On the way to @VH1DIVAS! I am in full fairy mood tonight,” Jenna tweeted.
Also, this empire cut is like one of the many dresses we pregnant ladies saved from our un-knocked-up days and have been able to pull out and wear in full, er, bloom too. So, if Jenna is not yet carrying a mini-Chan, this sexy look might inspire her Sexiest Man Alive to get to work on that ASAP, and then she can recycle this look later!
“I’m ready; I think she’s ready,” Channing Tatum told People about starting a family in his Sexiest Man interview last month. We’re ready for you, too!
Just when you thought stars were some alien life form visiting our planet just to briefly grace us with their beauty and talent, they come out with amazingly normal revelations about themselves, like this one from Les Miserables star Amanda Seyfried: “Everybody wants to have sex with [Channing Tatum],” she says in the January issue of InStyle. “And the only person he wants to have sex with is his wife, Jenna [Dewan-Tatum]. He’s the most loyal husband.” Wow, we just had that exact same thought five minutes ago!
Other really normal things about Amanda that prove she’s human, not the ethereal angelic being we’ve always assumed her to be: She says she’d never be able to lose weight the way co-star Anne Hathaway did for Les Miz. “I would lose my mind.” Us too! Amanda, we should totally be best buds. Read more…
Before you rush down into your Channing Tatum bunker (fully equipped with both Step Up and Step Up 2: The Streets, white undershirts you bought from a reliable pervert on Craigslist and a water filtration system) to wait out the duration of Chan’s potential break from acting, remember this: you might not even notice he’s gone! “[Writing partner Reid Carolin and I] have about three to four ideas that we love that are all in the hopper. By the end of next year, we’re going to shut things down and write the first thing that we’re going to direct,” the Magic Mike actor told Entertainment Weekly. “We’re going to be like, alright, no more acting parts for a minute, let’s take a few and really get caring about that section of our career.” A quick check of the actor’s IMDB page, however, reassures us that we have months, if not years, of upcoming Channing Tatum movies to tide us over. And with hologram technology advancing at its current rate, we may never having to go Chan-less again!
Tatum, who is currently working on both a Magic Mike sequel and a potential Evel Knievel biopic with Reid, is scheduled to star in G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Side Effects, White House Down and the currently filming Foxcatcher, a drama about “John du Pont, who suffered from paranoid schizophrenia and killed Olympic wrestler David Schultz,” in the upcoming year. After that, Tatum is slated to star in sci-fi flick Jupiter Ascending for 2014, and we’re betting one lengthy text from Jonah Hill is all it would take to get Channing on a jet to the as-yet unscheduled 21 Jump Street 2 table read. Moreover, Tatum is also signed on as the lead in the upcoming romantic thriller The Contortionist’s Handbook. We guess what we’re saying is…let us prepare ourselves now for the Great Tatum Drought of 2015. Though can anyone truly prepare themselves for such horror? That woman in the lower left hand corner of the photo knows what we’re talking about.
When word first started to spread last week that Channing Tatum would be named People’s Sexiest Man Alive this year, the collective response seemed to be, “Well, duh.” This is not one of the mag’s more controversial choices, for sure. But because we are journalists (for real!) we thought we’d delve a little into why the Magic Mike star is such an obvious choice. We came up with 10 reasons for you. Feel free to tell us your own!
10. He told wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum about his new title while they were bathing their skunked dogs. We think this means it’s not going to his head, or something.
9. While he’s undeniably hot, he also has such an everyman quality to his looks and attitude that he makes guys feel like they could be him and ladies feel like they could be with him. That’s rare in a Hollywood heartthrob.
8. He’s still ambitious and plans to try his hand at directing soon, possibly working up to directing Magic Mike 2.
7. He’s into making dude films as much as indies and rom-coms. See: G.I. Joe, The Vow, 10 Years, the possible Evel Knievel flick.
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6. He’s so the opposite of homophobic, he got his grind on with Elton John. And later told Out magazine that getting groped by Sir Elton was “Like any other hand up my ass, but more knightly. I can check that box now. It falls under the umbrella of doing sexual sh– with Elton John in public.” Read more…
Is Side Effects the bizarro version of The Vow? The Vow plus Memento? A woman happily married to Channing Tatum suddenly doesn’t remember what happened to her during a specific dark period of time, only instead of Rachel McAdams, the wife is played by Rooney Mara. And instead of amnesia, she has…whatever kind of amnesia allows Jude Law to turn you into an unknowing homicide machine. We honestly aren’t sure if that’s the correct plot (or, frankly, even close to the plot) after watching the film’s trailer, but the important thing to keep in mind when thinking about Side Effects is Channing Tatum. Dreamy soft-focus Channing Tatum, joined later by furrowed-brow possible-husband-of-a-murderer Channing Tatum. There’s also some sexy business and at least murder going on, but mostly? Channing Tatum.
Side Effects is allegedly one of Steven Soderbergh‘s last features before the director retires from the moviemaking business forever, the other being the Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra. The man is going out on top! Soderbergh also filmed Channing for Magic Mike, so we’re guessing he knows what the fans want out of a Channing Tatum sexy murder movie: shirtlessness, wall-punching, pelvic thrusting if and when appropriate.
Did you already suspect that Channing Tatum acting nervous and doing a nerdy happy dance was even cuter than regular ol’ Channing Tatum? You did, didn’t you? You are so ahead of the game. Did you also realize that “Tatum Channing” is also a totally plausible name for him to have? Yeah, we just figured that out today. Wisdom comes to each of us in time, though you don’t have to wait another second before eye-learning about Tatum’s adorable celebration. “Was that the first one? Am I done?” he gasps after nailing a scene on the set of the Roland Emmerich-directed action flick White House Down on the first take, thrusting his fists into the air and bouncing up and down. We’re going to go ahead and assume Channing then broke into some elaborate choreographed end zone dance after that, but they had to edit it out due to time constraints.
Entertainment Tonight did us all a huge favor by capturing Channing’s wriggling, as well as his uncharacteristic sweaty awkwardness. “If I have a couple bad movies, it all goes away,” Chan says of his career, admitting “I get nervous because I’m supposed to be nervous in the scene.” Wow, we find Chan even more charming now than ever. Though that vest…that vest probably doesn’t hurt.
You know how we know the folks at Saturday Night Live are proud of Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s striptease opening monologue? It’s already behind the Hulu pay wall, and the only way to re-watch it for free now is via bootleg videos. Or you can settle for our lovely GIFs above (courtesy of our departing GIF Mistress Lauren Olson). We were pretty impressed ourselves with JGL’s skills — that push-up move was just, wow. Not that we expect him to be anything less than spectacular at everything he does these days. But of course, it immediately reminded us of two other great exotic dance skits on the show: Channing Tatum showing off the talent that made him Magic Mike (the “super-hero movie” that itself inspired JGL’s dance), and, of course, that legendary Chippendale’s dance-off between Patrick Swayze and Chris Farley. We hope those two are doing their best body rolls up in heaven right now. Take a peek at those skits and then tell us which of the three gets you most hot-and-bothered/clutching your sides with laughter.