Olympian Michelle Kwan is no stranger to fancy accouterment: after all, she is a nine-time U.S. national figure skating champion who also has five world championships and two Olympic medals under her belt. But it looks like Kwan can also add a diamond into the mix, as she announced today to People that she's now engaged!
Kwan and her super-impressive boyfriend--the director for strategic planning on the National Security staff at the White House--Clay Pell were vacationing on Block Island (off the coast of Rhode Island) when he popped the big question. Kwan explained how the proposal went down thusly: "It was hot and we were going to go into the water to cool ourselves off a little bit ... I wasn't anticipating going swimming. I said, 'I don't feel comfortable because I don't have my bathing suit on.' He's like, 'No, come on in,' so I said, 'Okay.' "
The couple, who have been together since April 2011, are both professionals in the world of public service. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton recruited Kwan to serve on the Council to Empower Women and Girls Through Sports, as well as her continued work with the State Department as a U.S. public policy envoy. True love, White House-style! Mazels all around!
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When it comes to comic book films, there is no such thing as too many. And The Dark Knight Rises star Joseph Gordon-Levitt is learning the hard way.
As his role in Dark Knight continues to play in theaters nationwide, the actor is already getting questioned about whether or not he will have a place in the highly-anticipated DC comic book flick, Justice League.
The actor spoke to MTV about the Warner Bros. film and about whether or not he is even interested. "It all depends," he says. "I always pick projects that I want to be involved in for the same reasons. Is the script really good? Is the filmmaker a really inspired artist that I feel connected to? That's what I always pay attention to."
We're still focusing our attention on who the director will be. But with the movie slated for 2015, there's still plenty of time for major announcements.
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Carson Daly sure is going to have a lot to talk about on his NBC late night show Last Call with Carson Daly. The 39-year-old former MTV TRL host welcomed his second child, a baby girl named Etta, with his girlfriend Siri Pinter on Thursday (ironically, the same night that the 2012 MTV Video Music Awards aired).
"Tonight at 5:15pm we welcomed the latest addition to our family," Daly posted on his Facebook. "Etta Jones Daly weighs 8lbs and is beautiful! Mom was a rockstar, Jackson James is a proud big bro, and dad's drinking a cold one. Praise God."
Sounds like Daly is up for a whole new adventure. While he has had some practice being a father to his son Jackson, to whom Pinter gave birth to in March 2009, raising a little girl is completely different. But it seems like Daly is ready for the happy challenge. He and Pinter announced the pregnancy back in May.
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Only days into the start of the six-month long awards season, the name Oscar is already getting thrown around. And the name following right behind is Ben. Ben Affleck, the director and lead actor behind the upcoming political drama, Argo. The film — which made its debut on Friday at the Telluride Film Festival — is already garnering rave reviews.
Based on a declassified true story, the fall film follows the rescue of six U.S. diplomats from Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Some of the words used to describe the period thriller include "wow," "outstanding," and "entertaining."
Here are a few other reviews of the movie soon to play at the Toronto Film Festival. Stay tuned to Hollywood.com for up-to-date reviews coming out of the Great White North.
*Deadline's Pete Hammond calls it "sensational. Instant Oscar contender. Ben Affleck triumph."
*Entertainment Weekly's Dave Karger tweeted, "Yes, ARGO is fantastic. I could see nominations for picture, director, screenplay, and supporting actor for Alan Arkin."
*Jeffrey Wells of Hollywood Elsewhere says Argo "is smart & absorbing for first two-thirds, but the suspenseful final third is what sells it."
*Contributing editor for New York, Mark Harris pointed out the obvious, saying "It's still August, so all Oscar predictions are insane." But he went on to say "Argo really is every bit as good as the Telluride buzz suggests."
*The Hollywood Reporter thinks "it could be a solid contender not only for best picture but also for best adapted screenplay."
*Peter Sciretta of SlashFilm makes a bold statement calling Argo "Ben Affleck's smartest film yet as director."
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Monkey see, monkey do?
First Lindsay Lohan posed with a gun pointed at her head, then Madonna took aim at her crotch, and Kim Kardashian posted a picture of her with a rifle while on vacation. Now teen heartthrob Justin Bieber is popping up on Twitter photographed on the set of Disney star Selena Gomez's new movie, Feed the Dog, with a fake gun pointed at his girlfriend's dad.
We're not sure if the young singer — who is seen looking quite serious in the photo — is trying to come across as a bad boy? But mostly it just looks like someone with bad judgement. Especially when he has 27 million young fans following his every move on Twitter. Though to be fair, he is not alone in his photo faux pas.
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Here's a (hunka hunka) burnin' question. Now that, according to Variety, production company BiteSize Entertainment will adapt David E. Stanley and David Gruder's book about Elvis Presley called Conversations With the King: Journals of a Young Apprentice for the big screen, who should play the legendary, beloved rocker?
The film, titled Growing Up Graceland, will reportedly "be based on Stanley's 'spiritual journey' with Presley, his stepbrother" and "will also deal with Presley's spiritual search for meaning during the years before his death in 1977," meaning the movie will run the gamut from younger, pelvis-y Elvis, to the latter day, significantly less pelvis-y Elvis.
Of course, the huge task of playing The King has been attempted on film before (Tyler Hilton was impressive as a young Elvis in the Oscar-winning Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line, as well as Jonathan Rhys Meyers in the TV movie Elvis, and of course, Bruce Campbell in Bubba Ho Tep) but there's never really been an "Elvis movie," let alone two...
In addition to Growing Up Graceland, there will be Elvis & Nixon, Cary Elwes' directorial debut, which will feature Eric Bana as the "Jailhouse Rock" crooner for the upcoming film. So who else would be able to pull off playing one of the most iconic and beloved entertainment figures in history?
As far as the versatility goes (and willingness to throw on old man makeup and a fat suit) Leonardo DiCaprio would likely be game, as would James Franco (who knows a thing or two about playing a Hollywood icon when he memorably played James Dean). Presley superfan Nicolas Cage would jump at the chance to play Elvis again (after all, he literally jumped at the chance in Honeymoon in Vegas) while Tom Everett Scott has already proven he can play music and act. (See: That Thing You Do! No, really. Why aren't you watching it right now?)
Lest we all forget, Zac Efron, did a pretty good job of playing a coif-rocking, hip-thrusting teen '60s heartthrob, too, in Hairspray. And much like Scott and Efron, Darren Criss, could pull off the singing, dancing and acting triple threat. But who do you think could possibly step into Elvis' shoes? Take our poll below and tell us in the comments section.&amp;lt;a href="http://polldaddy.com/poll/6497419/"&amp;gt;Who (else) should play Elvis Presley?&amp;lt;/a&amp;gt;
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Blossom and The Big Bang Theory star Mayim Bialik was involved in a serious car accident in Los Angeles on Wednesday, Hollywood.com has confirmed. LAPD spokesperson Richard French told Hollywood.com that the 36-year-old actress was driving in L.A. when a car with three tourists from Chile turned into her vehicle at Hollywood Boulevard. "Just before noon there was a party traveling northbound on La Brea, approaching Hollywood [Blvd.]," he said. "There were three people in the car. They turned westbound onto Hollywood Boulevard, and directly into her car. It was a near-head-on collision."
French also confirmed reports that the actress sustained a serious injury to her left hand. "She suffered severe lacerations to her left hand and thumb, and was transported to a local hospital where she was admitted for treatment," he said. "The three others suffered minor injuries and did not go to the hospital. There was no crime involved; [it was] just one of many accidents that happen throughout the city." TMZ reported earlier that Bialik may lose a finger.
UPDATE: Mayim Bialik has tweeted about the accident, reassuring fans about the prognosis of her hand and fingers. See below.
(husband typing) In pain but will keep all my fingers. If u wanna See pre accident me watch The Soup tonight lol #joelmchale @thesoup— Mayim Bialik (@missmayim) August 15, 2012
Laura Ackermann released the following update on Bialik's condition: "Mayim Bialik was in a minor car accident today. A representative close to her spoke with her and she is doing fine and will be returning to work tomorrow. She thanks everyone for their concern."
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Day 15. Day 15, people! Seems only fitting we turn to Taylor Swift's song, "Fifteen," for advice on what we should do on this second-to-last round-up.
She sings: "You take a deep breath and you walk through the door. It's the morning of your very first day." We hate to interrupt, Taylor, but it's actually day 15, remember? Nowhere close to the first day. What's that? "And you say hi to your friends you ain't seen in a while. Try to stay out of everybody's way." Oh, okay. So, we'll just be over here recapping the day's events if anybody needs us.
Freaky Friday, er Saturday: Today's track and field seemed to leave us with a small case of deja vu. Yesterday Team USA women won gold — and broke a 27-year-old world record — in the 4x100m relay. Well, today they won gold again; this time in the 4x400m relay. They beat Jamaica (again). Hence deja vu. Ready for more?
Yesterday the American guys won silver in their 4x400m relay. Today? Another silver in another relay — 4x100m. Freaky, right? Though yesterday Team Bahamas beat them; today Jamaica. Tomato, tomato. And what's equally impressive is that by the end of track and field today, Team USA has a whooping 100 medals. Fifteen more than China, and 22 more than Russia. There's something to be said for the land of the free.
Olympic Sports 101: For those of you unfamiliar with every Olympic sport — we know, it's hard to keep up — let us fill you in on cross-country mountain biking. A little history lesson: the sport made its debut in Atlanta in 1996, and when it did, we Americans were good at it. We even medaled. But since that time? Not so much. The shiny stuff has been elusive to us until today. The 32-year-old Georgia Gould — who finished eighth in Beijing — is bringing the bronze medal back to Idaho. No not Georgia, Idaho. Georgia is her name. Idaho is where she lives. Try to keep up.
Game, Set, Silver: The final match in women's volleyball came down to either USA or Brazil getting the gold. Seeing as how the Brazilians are hosting the next Summer Olympics — we thought it only fair, being the polite neighbors that we are — that we give it to the South American country. Let's call it an early hosting present, shall we? Just don't forget our act of kindness four years from now. Mmmk?
Jump Up, Jump Up, and Get Down: Five seems to be the magic number today. Day 15. U.S.'s fifth consecutive gold medal in women's basketball. The ladies beat France 86-50. Sorry Frenchies, but at least you still have the chocolate croissant.
Greg Louganis, Who?: Looks and a gold medal? Sometimes God gives with both hands. So not fair. Twenty-three-year-old cutie-patootie David Boudia became the first American to earn a gold medal in the 10m platform diving event since Greg Louganis did it in 1988. (Boudia was one when Louganis won. Talk about making a guy feel old.)
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Holy day fourteen, Batman. I can't believe the Olympics have been going on for two weeks! It seems like just yesterday we were staring at the TV with our head slightly tilted trying to understand the marvel and mystery that was the Opening Ceremony. But alas — as the Brits would say; or am I confusing their lingo with that of old people? — the finish line is a mere 48 hours away. Our round-up time might be close to done, but our quest for medals continues. So, with that being said, let's get to the rounding up.
We "Wannabe" There: I don't know what's more exciting: the fact that the Spice Girls were seen today rehearsing for the Closing Ceremony show? Or as a result, hottie David Beckham will probably get some more airtime because of it? Let's call it a tie. In related news, other Brits rumored to also be performing at the show include: George Michael, Annie Lennox, Jessie J, Muse, and The Pet Shop Boys.
Born to Run: The men's 4x400 meter relay race had more drama than a Keeping Up With the Kardashians marathon. We all remember the U.S.'s Manteo Mitchell in the semis. Poor guy broke his leg mid-race and kept running; like his life depended on it. His perseverance (and well, their time) earned Team USA a spot in the finals alongside the South Africans and double amputee Oscar Pistorius. His team also had to fight for their spot after one of their runners was tripped by a Kenyan runner in the prelim. They won the appeal and got to run in the finals, but they didn't win the race (more like last). But hey, it's an honor just to be nominated. Or whatever they say when you don't win a race. The Americas fared better and took away the silver. The Bahamas got gold; but who can ever beat those island countries anyway? Apparently, the U.S. women, that's who! Their 4x100 meter relay team not only won gold, but they ran it in a new world record time. They beat Jamaica; and nobody beats Jamaica. Just ask Usain Bolt.
Winning: As of today, American wrestler Jordan Burroughs has won 38 consecutive matches. No biggie. Oh, and did we mention that the last one was for a little thing called the gold medal? But this news doesn't surprise the 24-year-old. He was so confident he was going to win his category (74-kilo), he had already mapped out his victory run from the mat to his parents' seats in the stands. Confident? Yep. Correct? Oh, yeah!
Bikes. Yikes: The BMX finals were today. However unlike in Beijing — when Team USA brought home the hardware — this trip to the Olympics didn't have the same happy ending. CliffsNotes version: We didn't medal. The end.
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It's not a bird, and it's not a plane. It's a baby. A baby boy to be exact.
Superman star Brandon Routh, 32, and his wife of five years, actress Courtney Ford, 34, became proud first-time parents on Friday. "We are in awe ... we can't take our eyes off him!" the two said. Leo James Routh weighed 8 lbs. and was 20 1/2 inches long, his rep confirmed in a statement to Hollywood.com.
The baby news comes a little more than a month away from the premiere of Routh's new CBS show, Partners. In the fall series — which debuts on Sept. 24 — Routh plays the boyfriend of Ugly Betty's Michael Urie's character. If life imitated art, he would have some 'splainin' to do, Lucy.
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