We’re fascinated by the BAFTAs for some strange reason. Maybe it’s because of our love for all things across the pond — like Victoria and David Beckham, the Royals and fish and chips. This year, the EE British Academy Film Awards (sounds more grand in full form, doesn’t it) took place at The Royal Opera House, today. Sunday, to be exact. We’re okay with the 10 best-dressed ladies on the red carpet. Were we expecting to be more in awe of the fashion? Sure. But that’s just our weekender buzz which always extends our expectations. Two stars floored is the most on this list and for totally different reasons other than being dressed awesomely. Jessica Chastain leads the way for finally getting it right. All right. As in, not even one element of her look wrong, as she normally does. She looked divine in her cobalt blue, architectural marvel of a Roland Mouret gown. Paired perfectly with Jimmy Choos and classy Harry Winston jewels. Then, there was Dame Helen Mirren, who we plain adore, and who rocked the red carpet with a pink bob. We repeat — she rocked it in a pink bob. She’s 67-years-old and she flippin’ ballered a look we couldn’t pull off. We’re loving her dove grey Nicholas Oakwell gown with the silver pashima, as well.
Anne Hathaway‘s Burberry column with the striking silver rivets all over the bodice looked fantastic. The hot pink lippie was an excellent touch, too. Marion Cotillard‘s sunshine Dior gown from Raf Simons’ Spring 2013 Couture collection could only have been pulled off by her. She wasn’t the only one in yellow. Andrea Riseborough took on Brit designer Vivivienne Westwood, wearing a saucy daffodil colored couture gown with ribbon detailing over the bodice which matched her ribbon Brian Atwood shoes. It made her look wonderfully hour-glassed, unlike Jennifer Lawrence who needs to be fed some hot stew or something. Does she still have pneumonia? The sport wore a lovely white Dior Haute Couture dress with Jimmy Choo shoes, Chopard jewelry and a Judith Leiber bag, but looked alarmingly skinny. There were also two semi-goth looks this evening. The goth element being added by black chantilly lace through Thandi Newton‘s Louis Vuitton and Amy Adams Elie Saab gowns, respectively. Alicia Vikander in a minimal Christian Dior mullet dress and Juno Temple in Stella McCartney complete the list. Have a look through the gallery for the full looks and tell us who your favorites are!
The nominees for the 2013 Golden Globes were announced bright and early this morning, and the list didn’t feature a ton of surprises. Perhaps the most surprising part is that these men and women have all kept truckin’ with their acting careers despite having made some hilariously bad role choices in the past. Congrats guys, you’re an illustration of the enduring human spirit! Or maybe you all just got better agents…
To be fair, folks like Leonardo DiCaprio, Helen Hunt and Joaquin Phoenix when they made their turkeys, so they didn’t know any better. But not everyone in this list has that excuse! Ben Affleck might have a GG nod for best director with Argo, but it still doesn’t excuse the fact that he helped bring Gigli to life. And why have we all forgotten that The Good Wife’sJulianna Margulies was in Snakes On A Plane, or that Alec Baldwin appeared as Mr. Conductor in the children’s train movie Thomas And The Magic Track? It’s pretty priceless!
Let’s dive deep into the IMDB page of these acclaimed thespians and pull out some truly amazing forgotten films. It’s like cinematic naked baby photos! And always remember: You too can still rise to the top, even if you’ve made a movie as bad as She-Devil.
The funny part is, Jessica Biel probably paid more than our rent for those boob flaps. We’re not exactly Anna Wintour up in herr, which is why we are completely simpatico with Helen Mirren‘s apparent confusion with her coworker’s frock at the Hitchock premiere? Are this avante garde armpit wings? Are they side boob wind shields? Nipple blinders? Unlike Helen Mirren, we could never just run up and grab Jessica Biel’s chesticles like that, but hey. That’s why some people would give their left nipple blinder to meet Helen Mirren. She just has a certain way about her. She could probably give Alfred Hitchcock himself a purple nurple and the famed director would just chuckle bemusedly. We guess it’s far too late to include a moment like that in the film, right?
Flaps aside, both gorgeous leading ladies looked stunning on the new biopic’s premiere red carpet last night. At least Jessica’s Gucci dress also had a elegant low-cut back to distract the eye. We hate to see her go, but we love to watch her leave! Because once Jessica leaves, we won’t be filled with the overwhelming urge to grab those flaps. Seriously, what are they? Haute Couture by Always With Wings?
This Making of Psycho movie sounds like it’s going to be a real scream! After all, the news about it so fair has been spooktacular! Also…um…uh….ghosts! Horrible, horrible ghosts! We’ll cut it out for just a second to inform you that Deadline announced today Jessica Biel will be joining the very self-explanatory film Alfred Hitchhock and the Making of Psycho, costarring alongside Anthony Hopkins as Alfred Hitchcock and Helen Mirren as the famous director’s wife Alma. Ah, we just got chills! The chills that come with excellent casting!
Biel is allegedly set to play Vera Miles, the actress who portrayed Lila Crane, sister to Scarlett Johansson‘s Vivian Leigh. Spoiler alert for those who just woke up from an 80-year coma or who deep below the earth’s surface: Crane is also the character who stumbles upon the body of Norman Bates’ dear deceased mother in one of the movie’s most scary reveals. There’s a joke about finding bones here, but you’ve probably already made it in your head! How terrifying!James Darcy rounds out the cast as Anthony Perkins, the man behind classic movie villain Bates. Haha, now you’ll probably want to murder us for making all these horrible Halloween jokes! Oh wait…yeah, you almost certainly do…
Look, we’re all feeling pretty bummed about Katy Perry and Russell Brand’s divorce, but it’d be a shame to let all those Spandex dresses and extremely tight man vests languish in the closet for too long. It’s only been a few days, but we’re going to go ahead and gently push these baby birds out of their break-up Snuggies and back into the dating world. Besides Rihanna and Florence Welch, of course, here are our recommendations for the very special men and women that can distract Katy and Russell from their respective heartaches. Or at least show them a good time. And, at the end of the day, isn’t that basically the same thing?
If Katy is looking for something casual and fun after the pain of a divorce, there are few men as casual and fun as Ashton Kutcher. Maybe a little too casual and fun, so clearly this is for rebounding only. If Katy’s into something a little more long term, might we suggest Jonah Hill? He’s looking real good this year, she probably already knows him from Russell’s work in Get Him To The Greek and we are 98% he’s not a former drug and sex addict. If Perry is hoping for a collabo both into and outside the bedroom, she and Drake could definitely make beautiful music together. Beautiful boning music.
As for Brand’s future lady friend, the first answer is obvious: Helen Mirren. Russell and the Dame have been publicly flirting forever. Yes, we know Helen is technically married, but she also has an Oscar for Best Actress. We’re pretty sure that gives her a freebie. It’s in the Academy’s bylaws. If Helen’s husband isn’t down with that, might we suggest Rashida Jones? Not only is the woman stunning, she’s also sardonic and smart as a whip, two qualities that a dry wit like Brand might be into. If Russell’s looking for ladies who skew more Perry-esque, Zooey Deschanel is single, ready-to-mingle, and basically looks like Katy in a Peter Pan collar. If it’s the catsuits and vocal gymnastics Russell likes, Jessie J has star power similar to his ex. Plus the woman even looks good in an air cast! What do you think? Who would you set Katy and Russell up with, if you were a less horrible version of Millionaire MatchmakerPatti Stanger?
The British invaded L.A.’s Beverly Hilton last night for the 2011 Britannia Awards! The event was held by the BAFTA organization’s Los Angeles chapter, and featured familiar faces like Helena Bonham Carter, Helen Mirren, and Felicity Jones. The Americans were well represented too, with the likes of Robert Downey Jr, Robin Williams and Ben Stiller in attendance. Ben was honored with an award for Excellence In Comedy, which he accepted with (we hope!) a sense of humor. “It’s important to get and give awards and to strive to win awards,” he joked with ET. “I feel as long as people are giving awards or getting awards, for human interaction, it just helps people.”
The Britannia Awards are seen as the low-key anti-Oscars, focusing more on artistic staying power and less on box office receipts and buzz. “It’s all about people who have contributed things over their careers,” explained host Alan Cumming, “so it’s less faddy and markety and less current, and more about celebrating these people for what they’ve done over their entire lives.” Helena Bonham Carter was also honored for her body of work, as was screen legend Warren Beatty and director John Lasseter. Check out more in the gallery below!
Katy Perry probably didn’t want to steal the show at hubbie Russell Brand‘s Arthur premiere in London last night, but she could have found a gown more flattering than this flesh-toned number from Philip Armstrong. Do you think it’s drab, or perfect for a night of photographed public displays of affection? Check out the gallery for a closer look, as well as shots of premiere attendees Helen Mirren, Greta Gerwig and Jessica Lowndes.
Helen Mirren continued her comedy-crazy week with a hilarious interview on Late Night Thursday that climaxed with the unexpected, host-embarrassing moment pictured above. The Queen star explained to Jimmy Fallon that, while her recent Hollywood Walk Of Fame ceremony was one of the “greatest honors” of her life (“[I almost] pulled a ‘Gwynnie’…which is sobbing…crying while giving an acceptance speech”), it was a little different from earlier triumphs. “I win the Oscar. I’m standing on the stage in front of all these Hollywood stars holding my Oscar in my hand and they’re all applauding and it’s this incredible dream come true,” she said. “And now I have my hands and feet down on Hollywood Boulevard and it’ll be there forever and this is what you have to do….” Boom! Dame Mirren on all fours, Jimmy left blushing. Between this, the When Harry Met Sally 2 trailer and her dancing promos with Fred Armisen, there’s no doubt she’ll kick ass hosting SNL tomorrow night.
See photos of Helen on all fours for Fallen—and Grauman’s Chinese Theatre—in the gallery below. And just to confirm, “pulling a Gwynnie” is a reference to Gwyneth Paltrow’s bawling Oscar speech. Catty!
If Helen Mirren‘s appearance in the hilarious When Harry Met Sally 2 trailer wasn’t enough viral goodness for you this week, the Oscar winner’s Saturday Night Live promo should satisfy your craving for more classy ridiculousness. While the first two bits of the above video are your usual brief zingers, things get a little wilder when Fred Armisen praises her work in a remake of an ’80s movie. “Oh, you mean Arthur?” she says. Fred shakes his head no, and Helen offers “Breakin’ 2: Electric Boogaloo?” “Yes!” cries Fred, as the two bust into moves that, while not technically breakdancing, certainly got our heads spinning. Can we expect more royal boogaloo when she hosts the show this weekend?