by (@hallekiefer)

Melissa Leo, Tony Shalhoub Rumored For Catching Fire; Sam Claflin Might End This Finnick Madness

Sam Claflin Allegedly Cast As Finnick In Catching Fire

Yes, we are totally onboard with this. Let’s make it official! We’ve already had the possibility of Glee‘s Grant Gustin, Garrett Hedlund, Hunter Parrish, Armie Hammer, Taylor Kitsch and Jesse Williams dangled in front of our noses as rumored candidates to play tribute Finnick Odair in the Hunger Games sequel Catching Fire. According to Zap2It, Snow White and The Huntsman‘s Sam Claflin has allegedly been offered the role as of today; now he just has to accept it. Which he had better. If the rumor is false, this is literally the seventh time we’ve gotten our hopes up. If not, Sam seems like a fabulous pick, even considering the fact that he holds his mouth all silly on the red carpet. Well, he does! It’s sort of adorable!

Meanwhile, Variety named Melissa Leo and Tony Shaloub as frontrunners for tributes and former Hunger Games victors Mags and Beetee respectively. Mags is supposed to be around 80 years old, but we will overlook that seeing as how Melissa already has an Oscar under her belt for The Figher. She’ll make it work. Meanwhile, Shaloub would be the perfect foil for Amanda Plummer’s Wiress; we already know from Monk that Tony can do intelligent and twitchy. So enough with the rumors already! Get these three to sign on the dotted line already so we can start cranking out some highly detailed, highly inappropriate fanfic!

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by (@shalapitcher)

Oscars Worst Dressed: Whose Red Carpet Risks Didn’t Pay Off?

We almost didn’t want to write this one, people. Because honestly, for the first time in as long as we can remember, there were no completely egregious fails on the Oscars red carpet tonight. No gowns made out of garbage bags, no inappropriate body parts hanging out, no missing undergarments. So what follows is a list of the people whose outfits were less than than the spectacular fashions we’ve come to expect from their kind. We think we might be struck down on our very couch for daring to criticize Meryl Streep, but that gold material looks more suited for a downtown cabaret backdrop. And Melissa McCarthy, you know we love you. But we wish you would dress to show off your curves, not drape them in bags. Also, it’s really hard for men to make this list, but we’re giving an honorary mention to Bradley Cooper and his silly mustache. You are not a Williamsburg hipster form 2010, you are the Sexiest Man Alive. Now please shave.

Of course, this is just our humble opinion. Peruse the gallery below and defend or attack as you please in the comments below!

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by (@shalapitcher)

25 Apologies We’ll Fondly Remember From 2011

In the age of Twitter, it’s pretty amazing that more celebrities aren’t putting their foot in it these days. But enough of our favorite (or least favorite) actors, musicians and other public figures managed to say and do the kind of awful things that simultaneously give publicists strokes and keep them in business. After those awful things come the kind of public apologies that make us cringe, squirm and thank god we’re not in their shoes. From Chris Brown to Gilbert Gottfried, Arnold Schwarzenegger to Lea Michele, Hilary Swank to Mythbusters, we had a lot of Schadenfreude to enjoy in 2011. We’re pretty sure the culprits would like us to forget these moments, but here’s a little gallery to remind you:

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Did we leave out one of your faves? Share it in the comments!

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by (@hallekiefer)

Melissa Leo Defends Tracy Morgan’s Comedy Skills

In case you’re wondering what kind of people those were who cheered his anti-gay bit, Melissa Leo defends Tracy Morgan following his homophobic rant on-stage in Nashville. “I witnessed Tracy very upset by being misunderstood, and the best comfort to him seemed to be that comedy is the most difficult [skill] of what we do,” said the Academy-Award-winning star of The Fighter, and Tracy’s current co-star in Predisposed. “And comedy in the theatrical arts presses boundaries and asks questions and puts things in people’s faces. The cat I’m working with up the river is a very fine man with the best intentions. And yeah, he likes to push an envelope, without a doubt.” Tracy sure is pushing the envelope alright. The envelope that has his 30 Rock contract in it, and he’s slowly pushing it towards the garbage.

Despite the fact that Tracy Morgan’s apology seemed to indicate even he didn’t know what he was talking about, Leo’s Oscars swearing mishap apparently means the actress feels his pain. “Golly, I’ll live the rest of my life with a four-letter cuss word that we all use, in a moment that was beyond my wildest dreams, so there you go,” she exclaimed. Accidentally swearing on live television and accidentally claiming you’ll stab your son are two distinct and separate thing.

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by (@hallekiefer)

Melissa Leo Apologizes For Foul-Mouthed Acceptence Speech

Melissa Leo sure had a night of firsts on Sunday: her first Oscar and according to Variety, the first time anyone actually let an F-bomb slip past their lips on-air at the awards. After blurting out the offending word during last night’s episode, Melissa Leo apologized for swearing in her acceptance speech. “I really don’t mean to offend, and [it was] probably a very inappropriate place to use that particular word,” Leo admitted to Entertainment Weekly. “There’s a great deal of the English language that is in my vernacular.” Considering we start yelling four-letter words when we find a dollar in our coat pocket, we’re not one to judge Leo’s blunder.

She might be a rookie to the awards ceremony, but Leo realized her Oscars faux-pas the second she opened her mouth. “As soon as I said it, of course I heard it and I worked in television for a long, long time and I have a great respect for the rules especially of network television,” Melissa told Access Hollywood. “I know where they earn their bread and butter and how they pay their workers and that’s through advertising. Advertising has a big problem [with what I said].” Oh please. You think Natalie Portman or Colin Firth weren’t two seconds away from screaming profanities into the microphone? Melissa just said what we were all thinking. Or at least what we would have been thinking if we’d just won Best Support Actress AND had to wrangle Kirk Douglas around the stage.

by (@hallekiefer)

The Top Five Most Insanely Awkward Moments Of The 2011 Oscars


Tonight’s Academy Awards were extraordinary not just for the stunning gowns, the surging emotions, and Jennifer Hudson‘s shockingly teeny waist. Seriously, when did that woman become a walking toothpick? No, the most remarkable part of the show was the sheer number of times we stared at the screen in complete disbelief and yelled, “Whaaaaa?” From the skin-crawling to the unfunny, the obscene to the blundering, here are our top five picks for the most cringe-inducing moments at the 83rd Academy Awards (and there were a lot):

5) Melissa Leo drops the F-bomb: As adorable as it was to see a stunned Leo snag Best Supporting Actress for her role in The Fighter, hearing her develop a cause of pirate mouth in front of all those couture gowns almost made our monocle fall into our champagne flute. You ain’t Charlestown anymore, Leo!

4) The Ghost of Bob Hope introduces Robert Downey Jr. and Jude Law: Bob Hope has been dead for almost eight years, and he still managed to be a funnier, more charming  host than Franco or Hathaway. Not that it makes using a hologram of the deceased star any less creepy. In fact, we were so weirded out by Zombie Bob Hope, we almost couldn’t enjoy the smoking hot Jude zinging the equally gorgeous Robert. Obviously we did, but still, it shouldn’t have been that hard.

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Natalie Portman And Other (Less) Big Stars Take The Oscars Red Carpet

There were plenty of big stars on the Oscar red carpet, but the biggest might have been Natalie Portman, whose pregnancy has given her far more curves than she was showing in Black Swan. Check out the mega-gallery below to see everyone from Amy Adams to Russell Brand‘s mom giving up the glam on their way to the Academy Awards.

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by (@unclegrambo)

Who Took Home Trophies At The 2011 Golden Globes (And What Was Up With Nat Port’s Laugh)?

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Did you forget to watch the 2011 Golden Globes this evening? Well, aside from missing out on Ricky Gervais committing career hara kiri in front of an audience filled with Hollywood’s biggest power players, you missed a whole bunch of acceptance speeches with varying levels of grace and aplomb.

Before we get into the tonight’s full list of winners, we would be remiss if we didn’t call attention to Natalie Portman’s bizarre laugh. As TheFABLife buddy Molly Lambert over at This Recording noted on Twitter, Portman’s guttural guffaw sounded a lot like Charlene Yi in Knocked Up. Practice your laugh game before the Oscars, girl!

And now, for the winners…

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2011 Critics’ Choice Movie Awards—The Winners!

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The Critics’ Choice Movie Awards has traditionally been a good indicator of what films will take home Oscars at the end of February, and this year looks like it will be no different. The Social Network continued its awards season sweep, taking home Best Film, Best Director, Best Adapted Screenplay and Best Score, though The Fighter managed to steal some acting trophies—with Christian Bale and Melissa Leo winning the Supporting Actor trophies and whole cast taking Best Acting Ensemble.

Another long-deserving/rarely trophy-bound actor, Colin Firth, won Best Actor for The King’s Speech (which also took Best Original Screenplay), while Natalie Portman snagged Best Actress for Black Swan—at least one hot young star sneaks away with one of these things. Another young actress, Halle Steinfeld, won Best Young Actor/Actress, and could still serve as a challenge for Portman or Leo at the Oscars—depending which category the Academy puts her role in. Though The Social Network got top honors, Inception actually took home more trophies: Best Cinematography, Best Art Direction, Best Editing, Best Visual Effects, Best Sound and Best Action Movie! Our favorite upset of the night had to be Easy A winning Best Comedy—we’re glad to see this movie get some love.

See the entire list of winners after the jump.

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10 Random Thoughts We Had While Watching The Welcome To The Rileys Trailer

Hey guys, Kate Spencer here. I cover the Kristen Stewart (photos) beat for TheFABlife and like all of you I eagerly sat down at my desk this morning to watch the new Welcome to the Rileys trailer and count how many times my pretend BFF KStew bit her lips (answer: 0!)*. The flick revolves around a couple – played by Melissa Leo and James Gandolfini - who lose a daughter and later take in a teenage stripper, played by Stew-pants. It looks a bit cliched and sappy, but I trust these actors to bring it and will definitely give it a watch, and not just because I’m a brainwashed Kristen loyalist and think she can do no wrong. Which she can’t.

I chronicled my emotional journey through the the 2 minute and 26 second trailer and have documented my varying reactions for you, dear, Stew-fans, below.

Let’s just say I ended up in tears. Don’t tell anyone. More importantly – what did you think? Would you camp out for 4 days for WTTR?

  • :10 – Melissa Leo doesn’t even have to talk and she’s f*cking amazing.
  • :16 – I’m still sad they killed Adriana on The Sopranos. Also James Gandolfini with a Southern accent = LOLs.
  • :35 – What do they use in movies to make fake pills?
  • :46 – Kristen’s old hair! I still love you! Come back to me!
  • :47 – Where can I get a meatball po’boy?
  • 1:02 – I bet Kristen took those bright yellow Keds home with her after shooting wrapped.
  • 1:34 – Wait a second, Kristen just half-bit her lip. Does that count?
  • 1:45 – The make-up artist should win an Oscar for making Kristen’s perfect skin look so nasty.
  • 1:52 – And…Kristen just made the most classic Stew face ever. Be still, fluttering heart of mine.
  • 2:17 – Oh crap, I’m crying! Why am I crying?!

* Lip-bite count updated to .5 after re-watching the trailer.

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