Jane Austen wrote some of the most enduring love stories of all time, but the actors and actresses who star in film and television adaptations of her work can inspire a lot of lust. Maybe it’s hard to see their inherent hotness when they’re stuck in frumpy dresses and fussy cravats, but the 20 actors and actresses on our list are drop dead sexy in real modern life.
In case he wasn’t handsome, successful and charming enough for you to begin with (note: are you kidding? of course he was), Colin Firth’s neuroscience paper should pretty much demolish any competition from the rest of the male gender for the foreseeable future. Besides James Franco, of course, that multi-talented bastard. According to the BBC, Colin commissioned a research study on the differences between the brains of different politicians which serving as a guest editor back in December, because if Colin Firth asks you to do anything (note: no, really, anything), you will probably do it it. University College London’s Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience’s Geraint Rees later continued the study after initial findings proved promising; the paper was then published the journal Current Biology, and Firth’s attractiveness went up by a factor of five (results still pending). 2011 is turning out to be a huge year for Firth: he won the Best Actor award for The King’s Speech, he’s staring alongside Cameron Diaz in Gambit….okay, well, maybe they aren’t all on the same level, but he is only one (truly, truly beautiful) human being!
Looks like Bad Teacher won’t be the last we see of Cameron Diaz‘s legs on screen. The actress strolled through Heathrow Airport yesterday in daisy dukes, boots, a trenchcoat and a cowboy hat—not for a ridiculous vacay with boyfriend Alex Rodriguez, but for a ridiculous film shoot with Academy Award winner Colin Firth. The pair are working together on Gambit, a film about an art curator and a steer roper who team up for a con job (we’ll let you guess who’s playing the steer roper). If the idea of Diaz as a cowgirl named PJ Puznowski sounds a bit much, remember that, in the original 1966 Michael Caine film from 1966, Shirley MacLaine played a “Hong Kong showgirl” named Nicole Chang. So count your blessings.
The FABLife is playing March Celebrity Madness this month, putting 64 of our favorite stars into brackets and having you vote to decide our ultimate FAB icon. First we’ll be pitting four similar celebs against each other in the divisionals, with the winners pairing (and squaring) off in our Sweet 16 until only one is left standing. It’s just like the NCAA, except…ok, it’s nothing like the NCAA.
This morning we’re comparing some studs from across the pond, four men whose accents only add to their sex appeal stateside—Twilight‘s Robert Pattinson, King of the Acceptance Speech Colin Firth, Spartan-via-Scotland smoothie Gerard Butler and young Alex Pettyfer, who may get another crack at his own teen franchise with The Hunger Games. All are boneworthy Brits (yes, yes, Gerard’s actually Scottish, we know!), but which one is your favorite?
How gorgeous did everyone look at the massive Vanity Fair Oscar party at the Sunset Tower in West Hollywood! We had already seen the likes of winners Natalie Portman and Colin Firth at the show, but plenty of other celebrities, who we hadn’t necessarily focussed on, came out to play. And one couple who got adorably frisky together were Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber, who held hands and were quite cozy through out. Can we also say Selena rocked it in a gorgeous red Dolce & Gabbana gown? Sure it’s grown up, but Ms Gomez pulled it off admirably especially with the Biebs accessorizing her arm! She also was cutesy with pal Taylor Swift who sparkled (as usual) in a strapless gold beaded Zuhair Murad mini dress.
Gwyneth Paltrow also changed out of her Oscar gown into the Michael Kors number she wore to perform onstage, and posed with buddy Cameron Diaz. The latter’s legs went on for miles in a flirty short-short Carolina Herrera. Other couples included Justin Timberlake and Jessica Biel who wore sexy Versace, and Stephen Moyer and Anna Paquin who looked great in a red Monique Lhuillier dress. For a fun gallery of stars at arguably, the most important post-Oscar bash, check out our gallery below. [Photos: Getty Images]
Fashion Week is in New York, right? Then why exactly are all the stars on the other side of the country in Beverly Hills? That’s because Tom Ford called—and is as sexy as ever, BTW—and when he throws a ‘do, everyone shows up. Ford opened his flagship store in Beverly Hills yesterday, and it turned out to be a mini fashion week in it’s own right, as expected.
The love of our life, Colin Firth was there with the love of his life, wife Livia. Rosario Dawson teemed up her little black dress with a pair of leopard print pumps, while Eva Longoria went slinky in a pair of sequined black pants. Milla Jovovich was risque in a plunging sheer black blouson, hiding her modesty with a houndstooth suit. We were kinda disappointed by two men who normally make us drool every time we see them. Alexander Skarsgard and Bradley Cooper, to be precise. Skarsgard looked strangely parboiled with a weirdish, uneven tan — like he had sunglasses on while the rest of his face ended up getting sunburnt. Cooper had these creepy old man sunglasses on which were a little too Jack Nicholson for us. Adrien Brody, on the other hand, didn’t disappoint sticking to his usual lounge lizard style.
The most unusual outfit of the evening went to Ginnifer Goodwin. While her pant suit looked normal (and kinda boring, to be honest) from the front, turn around and bam… giraffes! For more mega celebrity action —including the always adorable Tom Hanks and Rita Wilson and a heavily preggers Rachel Zoe — check out the gallery below. [Photos: Getty Images]
Colin Firth of the sexy open shirt may be a shoo-in for Best Actor at the Oscars this year, but you wouldn’t know it from all the events he attended Monday. Following the traditional Oscar Nominees Luncheon, Firth skipped off to the AARP’s 10th Annual Movies For Grown Ups Awards with his The King’s Speech co-stars and crew. And if that wasn’t enough handshakes for one day, Audi threw a party for the film at the Chateau Marmont, attended by everyone from Mick Jagger and Orlando Bloom to Bridget Jones herself, Renee Zellweger. Why all the hobnobbing when he’s already won just about every trophy leading up to the big event? Because the Weinstein Company thinks they can do even better than Best Actor.
Though The Social Network has long been considered the front-runner for Best Picture, The King’s Speech is now considered the most likely dark horse candidate to steal the prize. Weinstein Company head Harvey Weinstein, a notorious Oscar angler who managed to push Shakespeare In Love past Saving Private Ryan in the ’90s, and he’s basically making the same campaign for The King’s Speech, pushing it as a family-friendly alternative to an ugly bit of zeitgeist—movies about the mean young pricks behind Facebook won’t really fly with the AARP crowd. Do you think they’ve got a shot or will they have to settle for Colin’s wall of Best Actor nods?
Before celebs can scoop up their Academy Awards later this month, first—if they want a better of shot of winning—they have to attend the show’s nominees luncheon. This year was no different, with potential “best” actors, actresses, supporting actors and supporting actresses all posing under a giant Oscar that stared down upon them like some ancient god. Natalie Portman, showing her trademark tact, didn’t highlight her baby bump, preferring to keep it hidden under a blue sash. But if we had to give anyone at yesterday’s function a trophy, it would be Mark Wahlberg for Trooper Of The Year, showing up as one of The Fighter‘s producers, despite being the only major cast member of The Fighter not to get an acting nomination, he still showed up, bas one of the film’s producers. He also served as a stand-in for the absent likely Supporting Actor winner Christian Bale. Can’t let Avengers Mark “Hulk” Ruffalo and Jeremy “Hawkeye” Renner steal the trophy out from under Batman!
Don’t worry, there are no reports of Colin Firth punching a horse in the face during filming…yet. However, the American Humane Association might sue The King’s Speech for using their trademark phrase “No animals were harmed” in the film’s credits. You’d think they would be thrilled to hear no puppies or kittens were injured, but it turns out movie makers failed to give the AHA access to the script or set during shooting. “We are in conversation with them and hope to work something out,” says AHA vice president of film & television Sharon Gold. If producers refuse to remove the disclaimer, they could face legal action…or have every animal rights activist in Hollywood tossing red paint at their Best Picture Oscar.
If the respective groups can’t resolve their dispute, this would mark the first time AHA has taken a movie to court. If it makes film makers feel any better, sources reports that Queen Elizabeth loved King’s Speech. “To learn Her Majesty has seen the film, and was moved, in turn moves and humbles me greatly. When, thirty years ago, the Queen Mother asked me to wait and not tell this story during her lifetime, because the memory of these events was still too painful, I realized the depths of the emotions involved,” said screenwriter David Seidler. Given how much that woman loves her Corgis, we’d bet she’d like it even better if the movie’s producer got right with the AHA.