Is anyone else getting the vibe that Minka Kelly is slowly transforming into the female John Mayer (minus the rambling overshares)? Take, for example, the fact Minka Kelly has allegedly reeled in Chris Evans…yet again. “She did a number on him back then,” a source told Us Magazine about the reuniting couple, who dated briefly in 2007. “He’s still a little insecure, so he’s being cautious.” Of course, Captain America is only the latest of Minka’s conquests. There’s also Wilmer Valderama, Derek Jeter, John Mayer himself. Wait a minute…wow, maybe the ability to date anyone you want is sexually transmitted after all?
Let’s put it another way. Remember how shocked you were when John Mayer broke up with Taylor Swift? Or Katy Perry? Or any number of gorgeous, successful women? Last year, Minka allegedly rejected Jake Gyllenhaal. Jake. Effing. Gyllenhaal. Not that Minka couldn’t date any man on the planet, but you would think that number would definitely include Jake G. As if that wasn’t proof enough, Kelly and Mayer also kind of have the same hair. If we start seeing Minka wearing tragically unflattering hats, we’ll know the transformation is complete…then we’ll steal the hats and burn them, because someone has to do something!
The cast of The Avengers reads like our dream dinner party guest list. From Robert Downey Jr. and Jeremy Renner to Scarlett Johanssonand Chris Hemsworth, the whole crew seems like the coolest (and sexiest!) gang that a person could ask for. And according to costar Cobie Smulders, they’re super fun, too! The lovely Ms. Smulders caught up with VH1 News at The Avengers premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, and she insisted that the cast got along together great both onscreen and off.
“It was really cool. It could have been a disastrous movie,” she admitted. “It was huge actors, huge characters, and I think it all comes back to Joss Whedon who wrote such an amazing script and it gave everybody their moment, you know.” But although they worked hard, Cobie says that they definitely made time to party hard as well. “I mean, we were in Albuquerque for awhile. There were a few nights, wild nights. Which I can’t really remember. But um, but it was a lot of fun. Everyone was super cool.” Damn, it makes us wish we’d been cast! Read more…
We’re not sure we can be objective about More Like Her, the new novel from author Liza Palmer. That’s because she’s family — a writer for VH1′s Pop Up Video. So rather than review the book, we invited her to write a guest blog about it, the world of celebrity and which celebrities she dreams of casting in the movie adaptation.
I’ve been writing books for almost 10 years and wrote for the first season of VH1′s Pop Up Video in 2011. My books, like my life, have explored the idea of identity and being comfortable with who you are, warts and all. What is this “normal” we’re all reaching for? Clearly, after four books, I’m still trying to figure it out. But, with More Like Her I wanted to raise the stakes a bit. I wanted something to happen that couldn’t be taken back with an apology or a conversation.
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Liza’s fantasy casting for More Like Her.
We all know celebrities are airbrushed, both their photos and their lives. And yet, we keep striving for it: that same Photoshopped perfection. We imagine there’s some green room awaiting us with everything Gwyneth Paltrow promises on Goop, a tablescape by Martha Stewart and an outfit from J. Crew that will look better on us than it does on the first lady.
But perfection doesn’t exist. And we know it. That doesn’t stop us from scrambling for it day in and day out. What are we all hiding? To answer this question, here are just a couple of the comments left after gossip blogs posted a photo of Scarlett Johansson wearing a bikini while on vacation in Hawaii:
“Ugh… spotty knees, hair can be seen on her right calf area!!” Read more…
Remember howScarlett Johansson told Flare magazine that she was the “only girl in the film,” and that she is “obviously going to be more aware that I’m surrounded by a bunch of suits. Everybody is going to be wearing black and grey and it will be nice to add femininity and some female sex appeal to the lineup. I think I’ll steer clear of the tuxedo”? She was talking, of course, about her film The Avengers, which premiered last night in L.A. And no matter how much “female sex appeal” she brought, the men were the clear winners of this round.
Scarlett herself wore a little black dress by Versace which we’re still trying to love, but all eyes were on the dudes. Robert Downey Jr. was flamboyant in an eggplant suit while Chris Hemsworth, Tom Hiddleston, Chris Evans and Jeremy Renner were all sharp in different shades of gray. Alexander Skarsgard looked totally hot in a black suit, sans tie and white shirt and was accompanied by his father, Stellan Skarsgard. Samuel L. Jackson brought on his A-game in white. A smattering of other celebrities attended as well, and to see what Aisha Tyler, Mark Ruffalo, Dominic Monaghan and such wore, take a look at our gallery below.
A new trailer for The Avengers has surfaced, and though it’s an extended video of the clip that was aired on Super Bowl Sunday, we’ve watched this 59 times already and are on to our 60th. Here’s some of the awesomeness you should be looking out for: The Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) rescuing Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.) as he’s free-falling off a skyscraper; Captain America (Chris Evans), Iron Man and Thor (Chris Hemsworth) fighting on a mountaintop; and also, what exactly are those aliens that Loki (Tom Hiddleston) is controlling? Hiddleston makes a terrific Loki, and you’ll see a lot more of his sinister mug in this trailer. This is really shaping up to the be the movie to watch this summer. May 4 is the date. Mark your calendars.
Note: This post contains an potential spoiler for the upcoming Avengers movie. If you aren’t interested in knowing the identity of the highly questionable, potentially epic superhero who allegedly makes a cameo in the summer blockbuster, please take a moment to appreciate the skintight bodysuits sported by Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson in this photo, and then LOOK AWAY! OK, maybe a few more seconds on the bodysuits and then NOW! LOOK AWAY NOW!
According to Avengers actress Jenny Agutter (billed as Female council member on IMDB), the cross-over character is none other than …Spider-Man? Wha? Huh? Buh? “I’m sworn to secrecy. I wasn’t allowed a script until I got there, and when I did I felt like a complete child being on big sets and a huge parking lot full of Winnebagos,” Agutter gushed to The Radio Times … before revealing that one of those Winnebagos is currently housing the web-slinger. Why do we have a feeling that Agutter is currently dodging a gigantic mystical hammer? Or at least an enraged phone call from Avengers director Joss Whedon? Is this news the fulfillment of all your fanboy and -girl dreams, or is this a more terrible idea than casting Topher Grace as Venom in Spider-Man 3? In case you had forgotten, that was a terrible idea.
Aw, remember when Bradley Cooper was just a sweet newspaper reporter with an unrequited crush on his superspy best friend? We doubt Alias‘ Will would believe today’s news — that Brad is People‘s Sexiest Man Alive — but the rest of us aren’t so surprised. Especially not those of us who saw this video of him speaking French. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hdsoFZxk7DU Just don’t forget those of us who loved you way back when!
“You were made to be ruled,” Thor villain Loki hisses at the beginning of the new Avengers trailer. Were we ever! Cleveland-posing-as-New York has never look better, or filled with more enormous green rage monsters, than it does when Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Samuel L. Jackson and Jeremy Renner slip into their respective pair of skin-tight pants to fight evil.
Though, if we’re going to be honest here, the real star of the trailer would have to be Chris Hemsworth’s arms. Dang. Remember when Hemsworth got too ripped for his Thor costume? Well, apparently filmmakers came up with a solution that we all can enjoy come May 4, 2012: sleevelessness. In the meantime, you can enjoy the trailer’s five hottest shots of Chris’s insane arms. Consider your ticket to the gun show…comped.
Sadly, you will not be seeing Chris Evans’ butt in his upcoming movie What’s Your Number? with Anna Faris. You will, however, be seeing a butt that Chris has an intimate personal relationship with. Intrigued? Baffled? Excited by how much we’re talking about butts? “My butt double is my roommate in Boston! He’s a kid I grew up with,” Evans explained to Us Weekly at the premiere of his rom-com yesterday. “Anna said she got a butt double for the bay scene. My buddy Zach was like, ‘Who’s going to be your butt double?’ and I said, ‘I don’t know. Do you want the gig?’” This sounds just like an episode of Entourage, if Turtle and Johnny Drama took turn pretending to be Vince in all his shower scenes.
“I brought him down, he met the director, did a little spin around and boom — he’s in the movie!,” the Captain America star laughs, describing his friend’s first meeting with Mark Mylod. “He’s got a great ass.” And if Chris Evans thinks you have great ass, you should get ready to take over Hollywood, one cheek at a time.
While we’ve seen Chris Evans as Captain America on set already, new The Avengers fan footage, recorded in Cleveland where the film is currently in production, shows the latest Marvel superhero joining Chris Hemsworth‘s Thor as they battle…some kind of hilarious puzzle men. Okay, yes, we’re sure the color-coordinated stuntmen are invariably going to be green-screened into Ice Giants or murderous robots or more Chris Hemsworths (as they would if we were directing), but right now we like the idea of a gang of henchmen who all just happened to wear the same fabulous gray bodysuit on the day they had to take on the gang of superheroes. Man, we need to start writing that screenplay…