Have you ever heard of the Baader-Meinhof effect? Basically it’s a cognitive illusion in which, once you become aware of something, you notice it everywhere. For us, 2012 meant a year of noticing wigs in every single aspect of our lives. From TV shows like Vampire Diaries to movies like Liz & Dick to meat space like celebrities’ heads, we couldn’t blink without seeing yet another wig. Nor did we want to.
For example, did anyone else see The Hobbit? Critics turned up their nose at the film’s length, but no one breathed a word about all the magnificent dwarf wigs. (It’s better this way. It was a delightful surprise.) While we try to figure out how to obtain a braided-beard-attached-to-a-toupee wig like ol’ Bombur, check out the best of the best of 2012’s wigs. Lindsay Lohan…you did us proud. Did we miss any winners? Please tell us. We genuinely want to know!
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Love is a battlefield, and 2012 was not immune the heart’s harsh ways. Celebrity relationships had a tough go at things this year and saw a record number of sad splits (Amy Poehler and Will Arnett), shocking divorces (Heidi Klum and Seal) and close-call almost breakups (Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson). But 2012 also saw a few reconciliations (Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez), giving us hope for 2013. Browse through our gallery of the 20 biggest breakups of 2012 and tell us which split was the most devastating to watch.
Even the most amateur of movie biz followers knows that stars of mega-franchise movies face a huge hurdle when it comes to finding work later But then again, for every Elijah Wood or Mark Hamill, there’s an Emma Watson or Harrison Ford. Which category will the Twilight cast fall into? We’re taking a close look at all the movies our favorite vampires and werewolves have lined up here, and while we were a bit surprised to see who’s dance card is all filled up and whose IMDb page is looking a little blank at the moment, we’re also choosing to see those empty calendars as great opportunities. Especially now that casting directors must be noting all the cash that Breaking Dawn – Part 2 brought in over the weekend. In the meantime, here’s what we’re looking forward to from the cast next:
Robert Pattinson: Rob seems hellbent on defying any and every box you might want to place him in, post Twilight, so his range of projects is vast. In pre-production, he’s got Mission: Blacklist, in which he’ll play a military interrogator who helped find Saddam Hussein; Hold On to Me, in which he’ll play the love interest of Carey Mulligan, who’s plotting to kidnap the town’s richest guy; The Rover, about car thieves in the Australian Outback; and Queen of the Desert, about early-20th-century archaelogist Gertrude Bell (played by Naomi Watts). Then it looks like he’ll be re-teaming with Cosmopolis helmer David Cronenberg for something called Maps to the Stars. We’re breathless after just summarizing all that.
Kristen Stewart: By contrast, KStew found herself telling E!, “I’m kinda desperate to get a job right now,” on the BD2 black carpet last week. After the release of On the Road in December, she’s got nothing official on her plate. But there are three possible flicks for her: Snow White and the Huntsman 2, which she might star in after all, despite rumors the movie was going in a different direction. Also, there’s Focus, the heist movie starring Ben Affleck. She’s also said to be in the running for Lie Down in Darkness, based on a novel by William Styron about a seriously screwed up family living in 1950s Virginia. On the other hand, Kristen had a very busy 2011, so we can also picture her taking a bit of a break — maybe perfecting her sax skills — and then making something huge a little later down the line.
Taylor Lautner: We think the disappointing box office take of Abduction may have caused Taylor (or his people) to opt for a breather before grabbing all the offers coming his way. We think his decision to make the comedy Grown Ups 2 his next movie is brilliant, though. We’ve seen in the Twilight movies and a number of little videos along the way that he’s got comedic chops to go with those abs. But then he’ll use those abs again in Tracer, which is, no joke, a parkour movie.
At this hour, only one member of the VH1 Celebrity team, Kate Spencer of course, has seen The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, and she has dutifully avoided spoiling that big old surprise twist at the end for the rest of us. Except when I was watching her interviews, she couldn’t help alluding to a few spoilery things while talking to some of the Cullens. I tried to hold my ears and sing over that part, but it made transcribing a little difficult. And during Monday night’s big premiere live stream, it seemed to me like the Yahoo! reporters were hinting a little too hard at what goes down. If I’m nervous about the big surprise getting leaked, I can’t imaging what it’s been like for the cast, who’ve managed to hold their tongues about it for almost two years now.
“It just terrifies me that one report might ruin it for someone out there!” Jackson Rathbone told us. But here’s what he could say to tease the mood of this ending, which is something of a departure from the book: “What [director Bill Condon] really brought to this final film is a romantic aspect of just looking back. It really speaks [to me] as an actor … it really kind of brought a lot of fond memories.”
Cue the “Memories”/”Through the Years”/sappy song of choice. We are tearing up at the thought that tonight is the very last Twilight red carpet of all time, unless, of course, they decide to do that much-debated spin-off movie or, god forbid, remake these for some future generation. We’ll be waxing nostalgic all week, even as we look forward to the movie’s release on Thursday night, and we thought we’d begin with a simple look back at what our favorite stars wore to the big Los Angeles premieres, beginning with the first Twilight in 2008. Stay tuned for plenty more from tonight’s festivities!
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If you haven’t been checking out the VH1 Twitter account, you should really take a look now. Our very own and very fabulous Kate Spencer and Sabrina Rojas Weiss are actually at Comic-Con and tweeting live updates and behind-the-scenes looks, which is totally awesome. And yesterday was all about — you, guesses it — Breaking Dawn, Part 2. We just posted a selection of the 10 best quotes from yesterday’s conference, which hilariously, had Kristen Stewart telling Robert Pattinson to jokingly, “Shut the f— up!” But apart from hearing what they said, we knew you would want a peek at the entire cast as well, and see how they interacted through the panel. As expected, they were amazing. The very dishy new dad Jackson Rathbone was there, not showing a hint of sleep deprivation. Ashley Greene was as lovely as ever in head-to-toe Michael Kors, while Kristen rocked it in a Fluxus tee, a BCBGMAXAZRIA skirt and Barbara Bui sneakers. The men — Peter Facinelli, Kellan Lutz, Robert and Taylor Lautner — looked smokin’. Nikki Reed and Elizabeth Reaser looked smart-smarts and smart-casual, respectively. And little Mackenize Foy stole the show with that smile of hers. Now we’re going to stop talking and let you have at the gallery so you can see it all for yourself.
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In case you were wondering who was first to throw in the towel on Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli‘s marriage, it was…well, it was Peter Facinelli, but it would have been equally sad either way! “I was very resistant,” Garth told People about the couple’s split. “I didn’t want it to happen. It took me some time to come to peace with it.” Unfortunately it seems the Facinelli family’s bi-coastal living arraignment, with Jennie in California and Peter in Vancouver and New York shooting the Twilight series, contributed to the divorce. “He would do everything he could to fly back every weekend,” the What I Like About You star explained. “[But] it took a real toll on our marriage.” But why must a real human couple dissolve so that two fictional vampires can find romance? Whyyyyyyyyy!
Sadly, Peter is also the one getting the ball rolling legally-speaking, filing a divorce petition today in L.A. County Superior Court, just a few weeks after the couple announced their plants to separate. The actor cited “irreconcilable differences” as the reason for the divorce and requested joint physical and legal custody of the couple”s three daughters. Jennie filed a response to the petition, in which she indicates that she will officially change her last name from Facinelli back to Garth. They’re such sweethearts in real life; maybe Jennie and Peter will be equally kind in the court room? We’re being hopelessly naive, aren’t we?
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You guys! Just because Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth are getting divorced does not mean they have been cheating on one another. There are plenty of other totally valid reasons they could be ending their seemingly normal and happy marriage. Probably dozens! Either of them having a side piece, however, is not one of them. “There are rumors out there which are completely untrue and hurtful to our family,” the Beverly Hills, 90210 actress and Breaking Dawn actor declared in a joint statement to People. “We just want to make it very clear – there are no third parties involved.” So get your filthy minds out of the gutter! Now look at this photo of Peter Facinelli on a motorcycle, and then get your filthy minds out of the gutter again!
The two made the statement in response to infidelity rumors that cropped up after they announced their split yesterday, but according to EW, it looks like we’ll be getting a lot more evidence for or against their claims in the actress’s new CMT reality show Jennie Garth: A Little Bit Country, a show which is currently titled I Love Jennie on IMDB and allegedly set to premiere in April. So…do you think they changed it because that second title seemed a little too on the nose? Yeah, us too. Us too.
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We’ll admit it: we didn’t want to trust the rumors swirling this past summer that Peter Facinelli and Jennie Garth were on the rocks. So we, um, sort of mentally blocked out any possibility that could be true. Can you blame us? The Twilight actor and What I Like About You star always seemed so normal and likable! Unfortunately, putting our fingers in our ears and screaming “I’m not listening” at the top of our lungs not only annoys our office mates, it’s also a pretty crappy safe guard against divorce: Jennie Garth and Peter Facinelli just announced today that they are ending their marriage of 11 years. “While we have decided to end our marriage, we both share the same deep love and devotion to our children,” the couple told Us Weekly. “We remain dedicated to raising our beautiful daughters together. We ask for privacy and respect during this time.” Ugh, why isn’t there any way to unread this horrible news? Science, we blame you for this!
In addition to being parents to Luca, Lola and Fiona, Jennie and Peter had, as far as we can tell, an extremely good run. “Sometimes we’re in a store and I’ll lose Jennie for a second,” Facinelli told ShowbizSpy back in 2010. “Then I’ll see her out of the corner of my eye, and she’s just the most beautiful woman. And I say to myself: ‘Oh, that’s my wife, I’m so lucky.’ Those moments just hit me — and they hit me often.” Someone needs to invent that Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind drug already, so we can pretend these two are still curled up on the couch in matching Snuggies.
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