When it comes to wildly anticipated films like 50 Shades of Grey, casting rumors can drag on for months upon months. We’ve heard everyone from Alex Pettyfer to Tom Hardy mentioned for the movie’s male lead Christian Grey. (Our pants have currently settled on Ian Somerhalder as the hoped-for favorite.) As for who should land the part of Anastasia Steele, every brunette A-lister from Kristen Stewart to Emmy Rossum had gotten a mention. At least the rumors about potential Anastasia can stop today, because we just heard the best one of all: Don’t Trust the B—- In Apt. 23‘s Krysten Ritter. Cancel all the other auditions! It’s just going to be a waste of everyone’s time!
Everyone who knows Ritter’s oeuvre knows she can play anything from conniving sociopath to dim-witted teen to sweetheart vampire; there is no way she wouldn’t nail a role this juicy. Krysten helped boost the rumor earlier this morning by retweeting it, declaring “Thanks! i would be down. ;)” Now, we all know sometimes rumors are just planted by a celeb’s publicist to drum up Internet support. If that’s the case with Krysten…then consider us drummed! Get E.L. James on the phone and tell her how drummed we are!
It would be easy to compare Vamps to Clueless, if only for the fact that Vamps made possible the reunion of Clueless director Amy Hecklering with her star Alicia Silverstone. While that pairing alone makes the movie exquisitely squee-worthy, there are so many obvious Clueless elements at play in the new film, the Vamps trailer is satisfying a Clueless desire we didn’t even know we had. Not unlike the deep, uncontrollable desire for blood! Okay, so the vampire plotline might make it seem like Vamps falls outside your average “amazing girl comedy” genre. But let’s take a closer look, shall we? Much like Clueless, Vamps provides…
Veronica Mars was where we got our first glimpse of Krysten Ritter’s giant eyes, flawless skin and energetic nature. Her part was rather small, but very noticeable, and we thought big things were in Krysten’s future. She moved onto another small part in another much-loved series, Gilmore Girls, and we still thought she was just biding her time. We kept seeing her face, hearing her name associated with upcoming shows, and never really getting to know what she could do as a leading lady. Maybe if that Gossip Girl spin-off about Serena’s mom, Lily, we would now be referring to Krysten as “Carol Rhodes” in the same way we always just want to call Ed Westwick “Chuck Bass.” But it wasn’t meant to be. Nor were Gravity, or Love Bites. And a show called Woke Up Dead starring Jon Heder as a zombie wasted away on the streaming video network Crackle.
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But perhaps the world was just waiting for the awkwardly named but promisingly quirky comedy Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, premiering tonight on ABC. Krysten’s pretty funny as Chloe, the B in question who feels like she’s doing her roommates a service by making their lives a living hell. And we’re looking forward to seeing how she and Alicia Silverstone look as vampires in Clueless director Amy Heckerling’s movie Vamps. Is this finally Krysten’s moment? Let us know what you think after you tune in tonight!
Thank U, Gyllenhaal. Thank U, synergy. Thank U, corporate resurgence! Alanis Morissette was on hand for the Prince Of Persia premiere in LA last night, having recorded “I Remain,” the track that plays over the film’s closing credits. “I saw a screening of the movie and immediately felt compelled to write a song within 10 minutes,” she told USA Today. “It wrote itself.” Funny, we just assumed the producers remembered her bombastic City Of Angels track “Uninvited” when they needed something vaguely middle eastern for the credits, but her version seems a lot more flattering. Maybe she can make a whole album based on summer blockbuster video game adaptations! Look forward to her “A World Of Crafted War” in 2011.
An event honoring producer Jerry Bruckheimer coincided with the Persia premiere, giving pec-powered Persia star Jake Gyllenhaal the chance to mingle with action heroes like Tom Cruise, Nicolas Cage and Bruce Willis. See photos of these stars and more in the gallery below (is it just us or does Billy Bob Thornton look like the dad from Gossip Girl these days?).
Lourdes Leon may be a 13-year-old girl with fabulous style, her own fashion line and Madonna for a mother, but she’s still a 13-year-old girl. She certainly seemed to be giving her material mom a hard time, having to be pulled over to pose at last night’s “Bent For Learning” yoga benefit in NYC. The teens on Glee may think Madonna is the best, but that doesn’t mean her kid never treats her like the worst. Even more awkward appearances at the event included Sean Lennon‘s doorman outfit and Gwyneth Paltrow‘s wrinkled go-go dress (had she just made out with William Shatner on a faraway planet?). Way to sell yoga, guys. Check out these stars, the ominpresent Kelly Bensimon and more in the gallery below.
Holding the She’s Out Of My League premiere in Vegas was a smooth idea, but it does cut down on the number of non-cast celebs available to attend compared to NY or LA. Thankfully, one of the hottest rising stars in America showed up at Planet Hollywood to catch the Jay Baruchel comedy—DJ Pauly D from Jersey Shore! Between this and Pauly’s photo with Michael Cera, our boy is clearly the toast of thecomedy world. Personally, we feel all future premieres should be judged on how many Jersey Shore castmembers can be roped into attending. One shot of Snooki and The Situation on your red carpet is worth a dozen Brangelinas—at least until Brad loses the goatee.
Natalie Portman exploited her gamine physique in an old-fashioned flapper dress at the 19th Annual Gotham Independent Film Awards in NYC last night, where she took home a lifetime achievement award…despite not even being 30! Natalie is an early contender to be nominated for Best Actress for her role in Brothers at awards shows this season, including the Critics Choice Movie Awards, The Golden Globes and the Oscars.
Also receiving career tributes were Stanley Tucci and director Kathryn Bigelow, whose film The Hurt Locker also snagged Best Film and Best Ensemble Performance. See who else attended in the gallery below.