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From Nicholas Hoult To Bow Wow: 15 Actors Who Went From Boys To (Hot) Men

Nicholas Hoult, Bow Wow, Josh Hutcherson, Shia LaBeouf

As we were fanning ourselves while watching Nicholas Hoult play a weirdly hot zombie in Warm Bodies, we had to come to terms with the fact that this strapping young actor was the adorable young-un who helped Hugh Grant get the girl in About a Boy 10 years ago. Wow, we thought, what a pleasant surprise to see these cute child stars make good … and yummy. But really, we shouldn’t be that surprised. As we started combing back through the boy stars of the early 2000s, we discovered a nice number of them had made this transition quite nicely. From big movie names like Daniel Radcliffe and Bow Wow to TV stars like Shia LaBeouf and Zac Efron, these kids are making good — and are now totally legal and not at all creepy to stare at. Enjoy 15 of them in the gallery below:

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by (@shalapitcher)

Downton Abbey Prequel: We Fantasy Cast Robert And Cora!

Downton Abbey's Elizabeth McGovern and Hugh Bonneville, Alexis Bledel and Matthew Lewis

Downton Abbey creator Julian Fellowes must have known he’d make fans across the globe froth at the mouth in excitement over his statements at a BAFTA Screenwriters’ Lecture. When the ITV series is over, he wants to write a prequel book. Which, we assume, would become another TV show.

“I do actually have an idea of doing a prequel of the courtship of Robert and Cora, when all those American heiresses were arriving in London,” he said, per the BBC. “They had a slightly troubled courtship, because she was in love with him before they married, as we know, and he married her entirely for her money.”

This sounds beyond fun. And immediately, we started dreaming up who could step into the roles made famous by Hugh Bonneville and Elizabeth McGovern. According to the very extensive Downton Abbey Wikia, Robert and Cora were about 20 when they got married. Based on that, these photos of Hugh and Elizabeth when they were younger (the earliest one of Hugh we have is from 10 years ago, when he was 39; this pic of Elizabeth is of her at about 25), and just our own personal wishes, we arrived at Matthew Lewis and Alexis Bledel. Since the end of Harry Potter, when everyone realized that Neville Longbottom was suddenly hot, we’ve been hoping to see more of Lewis. Bledel really looks like a young McGovern, and that bit we saw of her on Mad Men last season left us eager for more grown-up Rory Gilmore. What do you think? Share your own casting ideas with us on Twitter @VH1Celebrity! Read more…

by (@shalapitcher)

With Taylor Lautner Out, Who Should Play Stretch Armstrong?

Today, Team Jacob loyalists got the sad news that Taylor Lautner’s glorious abs will not be seen contorted into weird shapes for our viewing pleasure. The Wrap reported that he’s dropped out of Stretch Armstrong due to scheduling conflicts. The flick based on the ’70s toy, was originally going to be made by Hasbro and Universal for release this year, but Relativity Media announced today that it will be partnering with Hasbro to make the movie, with an April 2014 release date. According to MTV News, the schedule conflict is with Taylor’s plans to make a Gus Van Sant movie. We’ll give you a minute to get over this disappointment, but then, we want you to cheer up and help us come up with Taylor’s replacement. The movie is said to be an origin story, along the lines of Iron Man, but no age range has really been given, leaving this wide open for all the hot actors we fantasy-casting dreamers have been proposing for everything from Spider-Man to Hunger Games. Of course, some of us here at TheFABlife want Hunter Parrish for all of the movies, but we’d also be open to another werewolf — say The Vampire Diaries’ Michael Trevino? Or how about The Mortal Instruments’ also-ran Alex Pettyfer? Maybe this could be Harry Potter alum Matthew Lewis’ big break, or our chance to see more of Miley CyrusLOL co-star Douglas Booth. Well, here’s your chance to pick a candidate for the silliest-named superhero of them all:

[Photo: Summit Entertainment]

by (@katespencer)

The Men Of Harry Potter Continue To Be Cute And Nerdy Around The World

Internet, look! Your boyfriend Matthew Lewis is still being sheepish and cute while promoting Harry Potter in Australia today. We’ll sit on the snarky comments we want to make about his shirt because we’re sure the rest of the world finds it precious, and just say this: “Awwwww.”

Tom Felton, who’s hotness is growing on us every time we gaze into his piercing blue eyes, was spotted yesterday at LAX looking all sorts of RPattz wearing a hoodie and carrying a guitar. Across the country, Daniel Radcliffe showed up at The Daily Show with a book and iPod in hand. He then proceeded to be absolutely nerd-dorable while chatting with Jon Stewart about his love for Spongebob Squarepants and the time he fangirled to Amy Poehler‘s face. Watch below.

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Really Internet? You’re Freaking Out Over Neville Longbottom?

A few days ago I caught wind of a movement spreading amongst my girlfriends on the internet: incessant gushing and crushing over the dude who plays Neville Longbottom in the Harry Potter franchise. Being a lover of British dorks, I eagerly Google Imaged ol’ Matthew Lewis, excited at the prospect of a fugboat-turned-hot yacht crush (I don’t know what I just wrote there). I love a good makeover story, you know!? But then I laid eyes on Matthew and well…


That’s right, guys: he is the personification of a fart noise. Now don’t get me wrong, he’s a decent looking man and he seems like a lovely person. At certain angles he might even be hot, the kind of guy you end up making out with in a drunken stupor as Journey plays at the end of your best friend’s wedding reception. But it’s not like he was once a two-headed troll who suddenly morphed into a George Clooney-RPattz hybrid (hot combo, right?). He could be any guy, at any bar, wearing any skinny tie, smiling any crooked smile.

Let me bust out some realness for you: lots of people stumble through their adolescence as ugly chubsters, only to shed the baby fat and bad teeth and learn how to buy a decent pair of jeans and spend a couple of bucks on a haircut and BOOM! — they become moderately attractive adults. Haven’t we ALL done this? If we’re handing out awards for People Who Look Less Atrocious As Adults Than They Did At 13 then I should take home Grand Prize, with Candace Cameron placing a close second.

If Matt has done one thing well, it is convincing the world that his average transformation from awkward n’ ugly man-boy to less awkward and kind of cute boy-man is hype-worthy. Now that is some f**cking wizardry.

[Please don’t hurt me, Matthew Lewis lovers. I can only take so many Confundus Charms before I curl up and cry in the fetal position.]


Wizarding World Of Harry Potter Opens In Orlando


It’s heeeeere! We are so excited, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter is finally here!! While some of our FABLife colleagues are smitten with Twilight, our personal fiction obsession is Harry Potter and his quest to triumph over He Who Must Not Be Named. We’ve been waiting quite a while for the Wizarding World theme park in Orlando to open as part of Universal Studios, and the cast of the films were on hand for the ribbon cutting yesterday. Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, J.K. Rowling and basically everyone except Emma Watson appeared to be there. Even Joey Fatone showed up, good old Joey. Not like he was busy.

We love that in the group photo above, the most important element of the Potter books is present – butter beer. Sweet, honey-colored nectar of the wizards. For some shots of the park and the rest of the cast, check out our gallery of the event below.

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