Last night while watching the VMAs, did you feel like it looked kind of empty? Us too. Not only did the arena seem a lot emptier than usual, it seemed like some of the music industry’s biggest stars decided to skip the event altogether. Where in the world did they go instead of the VMAs?
Selena Gomez and Justin Bieber
Didn't need to see them there together, obviously. But we sure missed you Sel.
Rihanna and One Direction
^Rihanna's face was all of ours when we realized they all were not showing up.
Bruno, where are you?
He wasn't there. So Miley didn't twerk.
No one else could rock this sea shell bra, so no one dared try.
I guess after having 'NSYNC show up last year, JT would have felt lonely going without them.
Kim was there. Kanye, where were you?
Pink can out-perform 90% of the people who were there last night.
Started from the bottom, and apparently still there, since he wasn't here.
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
Maybe they were thrift store shopping?
And most importantly, where was the The Smith Family?!
They cut to the audience for reactions, and I was devastated to find that without the Smiths, I could not fully comprehend what I was seeing or how I felt about it.
Where do you think these major celebs were hiding? Tweet us your ideas!
Kanye West performed at a star-studded party in Ibiza, Spain on Friday (01Aug14) to celebrate Givenchy designer Riccardo Tisci's 40th birthday. The extravagant celebrations, sponsored by Beats by Dre, included models Kate Moss and Naomi Campbell singing Happy Birthday as a four-tier birthday cake was wheeled out.
Other guests included West's wife Kim Kardashian, her half-sisters Kendall and Kylie Jenner, and Justin Bieber, who reportedly instructed his entourage to ensure Orlando Bloom was denied entry to the party after the pair squared off at an Ibiza restaurant last month (Jul14).
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Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com.
Lindsay through the yearsAs if you needed yet another reason to rewatch Mean Girls, Celebuzz takes a look back at Lindsay's carreer.
Show off that baby bump!If you need any more proof that motherhood is beautiful, VH1 celebrates famous moms-to-be that bared it all on magazine covers.
Kim Kardashian's mobile game is crazy addictivePut down your iPhone and read up on Flavorwire's experience beating the 'Kim Kardashian: Hollywood' mobile game
Lena Dunam is totally a BelleFrom Hannah to Shoshanna, Hollywood.com matches up the cast of Girls with their Disney counterparts.
Justin Bieber, we're going to let you finish, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West have the best Instagram photo in the world! At least in terms of "likes" they do. This picture of Kim and Kanye's first kiss as Mr. and Mrs. West has received 1.96 million likes so far. The previous record-holders were Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez. Their photo of Selena hugging Justin from behind garnered a measly 1.82 million likes (though that's pretty impressive for a mere hug).
The Instagram world has spoken! Kimye is "liked" by [practically] millions. What that says about the state of the world as we know it? Well, that's a conversation for another time. But just to put things in perspective, here's a photo that only received 75,000 likes to date:
No judgement! Just an observation...
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Newly-wed Kim Kardashian has set a new record on photosharing app Instagram - a snap showing her kissing husband Kanye West at their Saturday (24May14) nuptials has garnered more than 1.9 million 'likes'. The previous record was held by Justin Bieber, whose cosy shot with ex-girlfriend Selena Gomez reached more than 1.8 million likes in the past five months.
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It's important to acknowledge the fact that there at least 94 reasons to be in love with Seth Rogen. Picking just seven moments in his career to highlight is morally wrong on some level, so you'll have to forgive us and use this list as a jumping-off point for future YouTube perusals. Rogen's new movie Neighbors hits theaters this weekend and he and his co-star just made a great appearance on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon. Rogen in drag doing the "Ew" skit was amazing, and here are seven other times we could not resist his charms.
1. The Esteemed Screenwriter of Star Whores
In the end, the Zack and Miri characters never got to make Star Whores. But hearing Rogen (as Zack) waxing poetic on the epic porn parody script to end all porn parody scripts was unforgettable. Plus, he and Elizabeth Banks (Miri) were just adorable. There's nothing cuter than falling in love with your porn co-star.
2. Dawson's Creek Heartthrob
Lest we forget the time he played Stoner Bob on Dawson's Creek! Rogen was sort of the older, hot guy here — note that he's described as "an outstanding lay." This isn't exactly the Rogen we've come to love, but it works!
3. He Gets That Marriage Can Be Awesome
In this interview, Rogen talks about putting an end to the "naggy wife" trope that has been perpetuated everywhere, even in his own films. He told Studio 360's Kurt Andersen that with a little help from his own wife, the script for Neighbors got some much-needed revisions. We also get to hear 13-year-old Rogen doing stand-up, which is amazing.
4. The Bieber Conundrum
Rogen keeps it real, a rarity among celebrities. And when he spoke out against Justin Bieber — planting an epic dog joke in this interview — it just made us love him more.
5. Greatest Music Video Parody Ever
There are no words for this moment in pop culture history. When Rogen and James Franco teamed up for this Bound 3 parody video of Kanye West's Bound 2, it was incredible. And we clearly need more Kim Kardashian impersonations from him as well.
6. These Are His Confessions
In which Rogen admits to wetting the bed, disliking ugly babies, and interesting choices for make-out partners.
7. The Dice Roll
There are so many great moments from Knocked Up, but when Rogen reminded us that sometimes the dice roll dance works (because, hey, he does get the girl in the end), we all learned a valuable lesson. You can find true love at the club. You just have to use the dance moves you have — however ridiculous they may be.
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Selena Gomez is following her ex-boyfriend Justin Bieber's example and selling up - she has put her Tarzana, California home on the market. The Come & Get It singer bought the six-bedroom pad in 2011 for just over $2 million (GBP1.25 million), and now she's moving out after putting it up for sale for $3.5 million (GBP2.2 million).
Gomez, 21, recently bought a new mansion in Calabasas, California, where her ex used to live before selling his home to Kim Kardashian's sister Khloe earlier this year (14).
Justin Bieber's pal Lil Za has avoided jail time after striking a plea deal with prosecutors in his felony drug and vandalism case. The aspiring rapper was taken into police custody in January (14) following a raid on Bieber's Calabasas, California home, where he was allegedly found in possession of ecstasy and painkiller Oxycodone.
He was booked for a felony, and was arrested for a second time hours later for breaking a telephone at the Los Angeles County Sheriff's jail, where he was being held before posting bail. That incident was initially filed as a felony too, but authorities subsequently reduced it to a misdemeanour.
The case returned to court on Wednesday (30Apr14), when Za, real name Xavier Smith, pleaded no contest to both counts in exchange for three years probation, 20 hours of community service and the completion of an outpatient drug treatment programme.
If he stays out of trouble for the next year, the felony drug charge will be reduced to a misdemeanour.
Meanwhile, he was also ordered to pay $600 (£375) for the vandalism charge to cover the cost of the broken phone.
Bieber's house was targeted by cops as part of their ongoing investigation into an egging incident involving the pop superstar earlier this year (14). Officials have yet to decide what kind of action they plan to take against the singer, who no longer owns the home after selling it to Kim Kardashian's sister Khloe.
Rob Lowe is nothing if not candid. In promoting his new book, Love Life (the follow-up to 2011's Stories I Only Tell My Friends), Lowe has been espousing his opinions on subjects as diverse as the relative merits of Justin Bieber and big government, as well as re-enacting his awkward kissing scenes with Jewel while shooting the short-lived TV show The Lyon's Den.
One other revelation that came out of the book — which largely features stories about his wife and sons — is that Lowe feels as though he's been typecast because of his good looks.
"I've been told, as I'm sure others have been countless times, that the way I look precludes me from playing a cop or a doctor or a regular guy," the actor told Fox News. “'A PTA father would never look like that!' Meanwhile I am a PTA father but I've never been precluded from playing an arrogant, rich prick. So what does that tell you?"
There is no denying that the former teen heartthrob and Brat Pack member was, is and probably always will be an extremely attractive man. His looks helped him overcome everything from a sex tape scandal (before that was fashionable) — something Lowe will parody with an appearance in this summer's Jason Segal-Cameron Diaz comedy Sex Tape — to one of the most reviled moments in Oscars' history when he sang a cringe-inducing duet with Snow White.
The reality is that all actors are typecast in some ways based on their looks. Film and television is a visual medium and there's no escaping the fact that a person's appearance plays a role in that. He might not be in the running for some of the roles that Paul Giamatti or Patton Oswalt might play, but they're not going to be in the running for a whole lot more roles that an actor with Lowe's physical gifts would be.
Still, Oswalt's Young Adult costar Charlize Theron has proven that being gorgeous doesn’t have to stop an actor from getting substantial roles. Her physical transformation for Monster was convincing enough that audiences were willing to put aside the fact that she was still more attractive than the real Aileen Wuornos, the serial killer on whose life it was based. The same was true for Halle Berry in Monster's Ball. Men considered just as beautiful as Lowe like George Clooney and Matt Damon have also downplayed their inherent good looks for roles (Syriana and The Informant! come to mind).
In fact, it's easier for most actors to do that — slide into a better looking version of a "normal" person — than it is for actors like Giamatti or the late Philip Seymour Hoffman to be seen as leading men, no matter how talented they are as performers.
While it's true that Lowe earned his way in Hollywood by virtue of his matinee idol good looks, that doesn't mean that it has to continue to define him… just as it hasn't always defined Brad Pitt or Leonardo DiCaprio. If he wants it to change, then he needs to continue taking roles like the creepy plastic surgeon in Steven Soderbergh's Liberace biopic Behind the Candelabra.
Lowe has been around long enough that he knows the game and how to work around any stigma that might be attached to his being handsome. It's incumbent on him to fight for a role if he really wants to play it… even if it is just a PTA dad. That's the nature of Hollywood for all actors, not just the pretty ones. It's really hard to find a way that Lowe's looks have been a true hindrance to him, and when he's playing someone's ridiculously attractive grandfather in 15 years, we won't feel bad for him then either.
It's almost become a game — how many things can be blamed on Miley Cyrus? When she went out on her Bangerz tour, mothers — none of whom had apparently been paying attention to what the singer's been up to since Hannah Montana — took to the web to complain about her antics, comparing the stage show to porn and lamenting the fact that their children had been exposed to it. Joe Jonas wrote a tell-all essay for New York Magazine, where he revealed that it was peer-pressure from Cyrus and Demi Lovato that got him to smoke pot for the first time. When she subsequently lit up a joint on stage in Amsterdam, she was labeled out of control. Months after, she caught a ton of flak for her "twerking" at the MTV Video Music Awards, the Internet exploded with rumors that Cyrus was the real reason behind the break-up of Robin Thicke and his wife, Paula Patton.
Now, Katy Perry is taking shots at the singer after Cyrus tried to kiss her at a concert, telling an Australian television show that she backed away from the smooch because, "God knows where that tongue has been." Even something as simple as being photographed using a teleprompter during a concert in Denver — a practice that did not originate with Cyrus — becomes national tabloid fodder. All that's missing at this point is Vladimir Putin issuing a statement saying that Cyrus is the real cause behind the unrest in the Ukraine.
Do a search for Cyrus' name and you'll return a lot of self-righteous posturing about her habit of not wearing clothes and her professed love of marijuana. The problem with all of this is that when you boil it all down, there's absolutely nothing wrong with what Cyrus is doing. In fact, if anything, it's a savvy career move.
Cyrus' image make-over isn't the first of its kind. When Drew Barrymore wanted to be seen as something more than the girl from E.T., she posed for Playboy and flashed David Letterman on national television. Within the music industry, Cyrus still has a ways to go before she tops the dual masters of self-promotion, Madonna and Lady Gaga. Heck, Madonna was kissing Britney Spears and Christina Aguilera years before Cyrus thought of it, and Gaga has been naked (or nearly) so often that it doesn't even register anymore.
So, why does what Cyrus is doing bother so many people? Is it because there's a segment of the audience that feels like they've watched her grow up on her Disney Channel show? Is it because she comes from a country music background with its more "traditional" values and with none other than Dolly Parton as her godmother? Or is it just that even now, people have difficulty with a young woman flaunting her sexuality?
The truth is that as a culture there are continuous mixed messages about female sexuality. Being sexy is valued, but being overtly sexual can go either way. When Jennifer Lawrence goes on Conan and tells a story about sex aides, it gets treated as something cute. If Kim Kardashian does the same thing, the nicest label that gets attached to her is "vapid." Madonna and Gaga are hailed as smart business women for parlaying an image based largely on sex into millions of dollars, but Spears is continuously portrayed disparagingly for doing the same thing. Cyrus was bashed for the tone of her concerts, but mothers routinely take their daughters to Perry's shows that feature skimpy costumes, stripper poles and a variety of accoutrements tied to her breasts. How does any young female performer that's coming up know what's over the line, when the line isn't the same for any two women?
To her credit, Cyrus does not take the criticism without hitting back. When Jonas made his comments, she responded to the New York Times that, "If you want to smoke weed, you're going to smoke weed. There's nothing that two little girls are going to get you to do that you don't want to do." When Perry called her out, she took to Twitter to shoot back about Perry's ex-boyfriend John Mayer, "Girl if ur worried abt where tongues have been good thing ur ex boo is ur EX BOO cause we all know where THAT (tongue) been."
She also has a sense of humor about it, appearing on Saturday Night Live two different times in the fall to make fun of the furor over her behavior. Parton, who was never shy about using her own sexuality to gain notice, has defended her goddaughter as well, telling a London newspaper, "It's not easy being young. You almost have to sacrifice your damn soul to get anything done."
Unlike Justin Bieber and Lindsay Lohan, Cyrus appears to know exactly what she's doing. If she's to blame for anything, it's for showcasing again the double-standards that get applied to strong, young women.