HBO has released the trailer for its upcoming Bessie Smith biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams (back in his Chalky White finery) and Mo’Nique in her first major role since she won an Oscar for Precious. Read more…
Hollywood is not exactly a warm and fuzzy place where everyone gets along like best friends. That’s why so many film sets are hotbeds for drama. But no drama is more intense than the art-infused feuds between actor and director, because ART! Read more…
When it comes to famous people, airports often end up acting the fool. Take Nicki Minaj‘s distressing run-in at London’s Heathrow’s security checkpoint for example. “Pretty sure I was just overtly fondled @ this check point. By a very old lady w/an accent. Word?,” the rapper tweeted yesterday. Nicki also posted a photo of the alleged groper, adding after the fact: “So TSA always takes pics of me while doing their job! But wld u believe they just told ME EYE couldn’t take pics???? Wow. #luckyIMsick.” Yikes, what ever happened to “the customer is always right. And shouldn’t be fondled against their will”?
Now, as far as we can see, there is no way that woman wouldn’t know she was getting overly familiar with the Nicki Minaj. This isn’t Blythe Danner we’re talking about; Nicki’s luggage is probably made out of neon-colored Barbie clothes. We’re not suggesting that famous people deserve to be treated differently during air travel; sometimes that’s the worst idea imaginable (Gerard Depardieu’s urine-soaked adventure, anyone?). That being said, a huge number of celebrity/airline run-ins are just baffling to us. Don’t they know the public cares about celebrities more than anything? Haven’t they heard about the devastating power of Twitter? In addition to Minaj’s bizarro pat down, a host of other celebs have flown the unfriendly skies. Celebs such as:
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Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” By Sapphire
Hands up who wants to watch an overweight girl being abused by her father, being abused by her mother, and balancing raising a developmentally challenged baby in ’80s Harlem with learning to read. A fun night’s in store, right? Fortunately, this stirring adaptation of Sapphire’s bestseller is much, much more. The story of the put-upon Precious is harrowing, but not without its lighter moments. Most importantly, Gabourney Sidibe‘s amazing performance provides a revealing look at the kind of spirit required to overcome what look like insurmountable challenges. In addition, there’s also an Oscar-winning Mo’nique–stuffed into a catsuit and scraped free of makeup–playing one of the movie’s most memorable monsters. Check it out: Precious is a feel-bad movie that will actually leave you feeling like there’s some hope still left out there.
Extras: Commentary from Oscar-nominated director Lee Daniels, making of featurettes, a deleted scene, Sidibe’s audition reel, and more.
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What’s an award show without silly trivia the morning after? Here are some obscure tidbits about last night’s Oscar winners. And remember, everyone nominated is a winner.
- Having finally snagged an Oscar after forty years in the industry, Jeff Bridges can now focus on getting a Grammy. The Crazy Heart crooner actually released a reggae-flavored album, Be Here Soon, in 2000. Click here to enjoy “Movin'”—“soon I’ll be touching you…touching the dream!”
- The majority of Best Supporting Actor Christoph Waltz‘s film career has been over in Germany, but fans hungry to see him sans subtitles can rent the 2000 straight-to-DVD flop, Ordinary Decent Criminal, an Irish crime drama starring Kevin Spacey and Colin Farrell. Waltz plays Dutch art dealer Peter: judging from this clip, we’re not surprised Oscar didn’t notice.
- Sandra Bullock may have never been near an Oscar before, but she gave her first televised acceptance speech in 1995, when she won Best Female Performance, Most Desirable Female and Best On-Screen Duo with Keanu Reeves for Speed at the MTV Movie Awards. Those guys are always ahead of the curve!
See seven more, including clips of Jeremy Renner‘s stoner comedy debut and Kathryn Bigelow as a sexy cowgirl, after the jump.
We asked for your opinion in a series of polls during our Oscars Viewing Party last night. You agree with the Academy’s decision to give Best Picture to The Hurt Locker, Best Actor to Jeff Bridges and Best Actress to Sandra Bullock. But then you turned a bit nasty. You think the show itself was only “so-so” and that Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin were “average” in their hosting duties. You also think Avatar is overrated and that Twilight: New Moon got exactly what it deserved — not a single nomination. Full results below.
Penelope Cruz, the hottest supporting actress? Duh.
There’s a reason Mo’Nique and Maggie Gyllenhaal just about tied in this category. They’re both pretty damn cool.
Most of you thought Crazy Heart songwriter Ryan Bingham‘s ode to his wife was sweet, not cheesy — and we fully agree. What a lovely vision.
We’re not so sure George Clooney deserved hottest leading actor last night. He looked tired, and what a sour puss.
Yeah. None of these actors are cooler than The Dude.
We probably should have had an option between Killing it and Average in this poll, because this funnyman duo was definitely better than Average.
The horse race between Avatar and The Hurt Locker ended tonight, with The Hurt Locker coming out on top. Katherine Bigelow beat out her ex-husband James Cameron to become the first female to ever win an Academy Award for Best Director. Other top prizes went to Jeff Bridges for Best Actor (Crazy Heart) and Sandra Bullock for Best Actress (The Blind Side). Relive the 2010 Oscars blow by blow by entering our viewing party below.
No, that’s not the breeze—Keri Hilson‘s dress at the NAACP Image Awards Saturday just looked permanently windswept. The uninhibited singer not only performed at the ceremony but won Best New Artist, with Maxwell, Mary J. Blige and the Black Eyed Peas also taking home honors. In the cinematic categories, Precious, director Lee Daniels and stars Gabby Sidibe and Mo’Nique unsurprisingly snabbed trophies while Morgan Freeman won Best Actor for Invictus. See these stars and more in the red carpet gallery below.
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There were a lot of hot looks at the Critics’ Choice Movie Awards and it was no easy task narrowing down the best of the best. Still, we managed to wade through all of sartorial options that Hollywood presented us and we narrowed it down to our ten favorites.
Anna Kendrick‘s long black dress had a beautiful silhouette, but what really wowed us was the elegant back detail and frilly bottom. We love her polished ponytail too, which gave the look a fun, youthful touch.
We love the detailing along Mo’nique‘s neckline, but her other accessory (that would be a Best Supporting Actress statue for Precious) is pretty stunning too. Her look is polished and that dress fits her like a glove. This is one of the more understated outfits Mo’nique has worn on the red carpet, and we love it.
Top eight looks after the jump!
Comedian, plus-size model and Critics’ Choice-nominated actress Mo’Nique blew audiences away with her performance in Precious as a monstrously abusive single mother. Long before Mo’ got major props for her acting chops, she was strutting her stuff in outrageous outfits with beaming confidence. We love her brave fashion choices – and just as all risks, some paid off while others flopped. Here are 25 of the most daring ensembles to ever grace the red carpet.
2. Disco Noir
7. All Tied Up
14. Goldenrod Wonder
16. Platinum Diva
17. Red Hot
20. Bronze Beauty
22. Snow Bunny
23. Fur to the Floor
24. Slim in Denim