Of all the actresses in Hollywood, nobody inspires the kind of anger, vitriol, and mean tweets that Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway recieve every time they release a film, attend a premiere, appear on a talk show, or just leave the house. We get it; who wouldn’t start to snap after having to endure intense arguments about the merits of Jacob versus Edward, or being forced to listen to that dreadful Oscar speech over and over again for months on end? By now, just the sight of their faces is enough to send some people into a rage spiral... which is why Jenny Lewis’ new music video might be just what they need to finally embrace Stewart and Hathaway.
For her song “Just One of the Guys,” Lewis recruited the former Bella Swan and Mia Thermopolis, along with indie darling Brie Larson (who everybody already likes) to play some backup guitar and portray some obnoxious members of the opposite sex. Wait, wait, hear us out, because the final product makes Stewart and Hathaway seem rather endearing, actually. The girls playing guitar and keytar behind Lewis are the starlets as we’re used to seeing them: Stewart is serious and confrontational and Hathaway makes a series of overly-dramatic faces at the camera. But then, they put on some tracksuits and stick-on mustaches and something magical happens.
They become absolutely ridiculous. Stewart, rocking a vintage-Bieber bowl cut, struts around the stage, gesturing come-ons to the camera and laughing at herself – see? It is possible! – and Hathaway, writhing around on the floor, pretending to breakdance is the kind of self-mocking we love to see from celebrities. Look at that dramatic, single tear. Does it feel rehearsed? Of course. Is it dumb and kind of hilarious? Definitely. If this was Jennifer Lawrence or Emma Stone, we’d be all over it. We’d make it this year’s Halloween costume.
And hey, they’re hanging out with Larson and Lewis, so they must be kind of cool, right? Do you think either of those champs would hang out with anyone who wasn’t secretly awesome? Even if they weren’t before the video shoot, they certainly are now. The Larson/Lewis brand of cool is the kind that transfers through association. If we can put our faith in their songwriting abilities or choice of film projects, surely we can also put our faith in their choice of co-stars.
Come on, Hathaway is playing the keytar! Do you really think anyone who takes themselves too seriously would actually play the keytar? It’s the official instrument of ‘80s tribute bands and precocious teenagers everywhere. Even the tuba is a cooler instrument. Don’t make Anne Hathaway play the tuba for your affections, America. She’s atoned enough. Allow Lewis’ catchy song to help mend this rift between you, Stewart and Hathaway. They just want to entertain you, and that’s exactly what they’re doing in this video. Besides, once we put these differences behind us, we can move on to more important things, like the fact that Larson looks like a long lost Tenenbaum in drag.
Kristen Stewart and Anne Hathaway are showing off their musical skills and gender bending in Jenny Lewis' new video for Just One Of The Guys. The two movie stars and Brie Larson form part of Lewis' all-girl band The Voyager in the quirky new promo, in which they also dress up as tracksuit-wearing, Beastie Boys-esque men.
Stewart and Oscar winner Hathaway also don fake moustaches for the video - and even mime along with the song, which is the first single from ex-Rilo Kiley singer Lewis' first album in six years.
Actress and TV personality Jenny Mccarthy has landed her own U.S. radio programme after announcing her departure from talk show The View. The blonde beauty will front a weekly radio show on satellite network SiriusXM. Her first guests will include comedienne Chelsea Handler, gossip blogger Perez Hilton and her fiance Donnie Wahlberg.
"I will marry Donnie in the next few weeks... Although I haven't told my dad yet, my son, Evan, will walk me down the aisle before he goes back to school in the fall (autumn)." Jenny Mccarthy is planning to end the summer by becoming Mrs. Donnie Wahlberg.
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell has officially been announced as a new co-host of U.S. talk show The View. The actress originally joined the daytime programme in 2006, but walked away from the project in May, 2007 after just one season as a panellist. However, she will be back for the new run of shows this autumn (14) following the departure of Jenny McCarthy and Sherri Shepherd. Confirming the news in a Twitter.com post on Thursday (10Jul14), bosses at U.S. network ABC write, "It's official! ABC confirms Rosie O'Donnell returns as co-host of #TheView w/ (with) moderator Whoopi Goldberg for Season 18".
Comedienne Rosie O'Donnell is reportedly set to return to the panel of U.S. talk show The View, seven years after she quit.
The outspoken actress signed up to co-host the daytime programme in 2006, but walked away from the project in May, 2007 after just one season on air, citing her constant clashes of opinion with then-co-host and Republican Party supporter Elisabeth Hasselbeck.
However, O'Donnell has since agreed to join current presenter Whoopi Goldberg on The View, filling one of the vacant seats left by departing personalities Sherri Shepherd and Jenny McCarthy, according to TMZ.com.
Show creator and executive producer Barbara Walters also stepped down as their fellow co-host earlier this year (14).
Producers are still on the hunt for two additional personalities to complete the new-look panel.
"Upon consideration, I took a new job which allows me to do what I do best, which is talk without interrupting anyone... I love the fans that supported us, so stay tuned - even if it does compete with The View." Model-turned-TV personality Jenny Mccarthy hints at her new job on a rival show after addressing her departure from U.S. daytime programme The View on Monday's (07Jul14) episode. The busty blonde will leave the panel with pal and co-anchor Sherri Shepherd once the current 17th season wraps this summer (14).
Now that we're reached the halfway mark between the dawn of a hopeful 2014 and the inevitable exasperated gasp of relief that another year of harrowing grief is finally over, we're inclined to look back on the past six months' cinematic highs. First, we set our sights to the best performances of the year, both leading and supporting. The thespian achievements that made us laugh, cry, wince (in the good way, not the Adam Levine in Begin Again way), and cheer. Here's a quick list of some of the most impressive performances we've seen so far in 2014.
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Ralph Fiennes in The Grand Budapest HotelIt would be no surprise to anyone that Ralph Fiennes can act his way around a cerebral drama, and probably no real shock that he can handle himself in a sharp, fast-paced comedy either. But Grand Budapest is even doses of both, and Fiennes never slips up in his delivery of the rigid, obsessive Gustave H. as both a humane hero and a comic wonder.
Gina Piersanti in It Felt Like LoveThe best part of this terrific movie about struggling with your identity in adolescence is its star, Gina Piersanti, who makes the subtleties of her sad story vividly accessible.
Nicolas Cage in JoeSome of the picks on this list are less a result of the performance in question having blown us away, but more due to how happy we were to see the actors in question turn in something worthwhile. Cage is great in Joe, his first halfway decent movie in quite some time, serving to prove that he's still an actor who deserves critical attention.
Tilda Swinton in Only Lovers Left AliveSharing screentime and immaculate chemistry with Tom Hiddleston, who is also wonderful in the picture, Swinton manages an unfathomable energy without detracting from the film's focal point of the duo's romantic partnership. Shining so bright through the dark and dusky sheaths of Only Lovers, Swinton is the best part of what is plausibly the very best movie of 2014.
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Tom Hardy in LockeIf you liked Locke whatsoever, you'd have to credit that to Hardy's performance. As the only actor onscreen toggling his attentions between a steering wheel, a cell phone, and his own inner demons, the man gets truly theatrical in a way you don't often get to see on the big screen.
Mira Grosin in We Are the Best!One of the youngest individuals on the list is one third of the headlining trio in We Are the Best!, a sweet, fun, earnest film about Swedish schoolgirls reaching for (and just about finding) a new identity in punk rock music. Although each member of the band is a treat, the plucky and acerbic Grosin stands out as a particularly special performer.
Tom Cruise in Edge of TomorrowIn the vein of the Nic Cage/Joe qualification, we chose Cruise's Edge of Tomorrow performance stricly because of how long it's been since we've seen the once beloved and presently bemoaned movie star provide genuine thrills... it's been even longer since he's provided genuine laughter, which he does in no small doses in Edge of Tomorrow. The reason Cruise works so well in the sci-fi picture? He's playing a jackass — the sort of character at which he proved himself a master back in the '80s but has shied away from in recent years. Stick to the jerks, Cruise. Maverick, Charlie Babbitt, Tom "Morrow" Edgerson... you're good at 'em.
Jenny Slate in Obvious ChildThe most impressive part of Slate's turn as the early-life-crisis-stricken Donna in Obvious Child: her stand-up comedy routines are a genuine pleasure to watch (no mean feat for any movie). Slate's fresh turn on the wacky gal we often see in stand-up comedies is bolstered by her agency and palpable identity; this isn't just someone we're forced to see through a hard time, this is a human being who we're truly rooting for. We can give thanks to the script, certainly, but also to the naturally funny and engaging Slate.
Jesse Eisenberg in The DoubleEisenberg gets a rare gift in The Double: a chance to bank on the sort of work that made him famous in the first place, and to try out a brand new bag on the viewing public. The always neurotic performer ups the ante on his nervous shtick as Simon James, but breaks loose with a dickish confidence that tops even Mark Zuckerberg's hubris as James Simon.
Agata Kulesza in IdaThanks to Kulesza, Ida winds up a shockingly charming, funny, and (less surprisingly) very sad film. A look at the post-Holocaust years through the eyes of a long-internally-suffering Jewish woman (Kulesza) and her neice doesn't seem like a ground particularly fertile for anything "upbeat," but the sharp and spry performance of Kulesza makes for a uniquely inviting portrait of a somber, bizarre world.
Ken Watanabe in GodzillaWatanabe delivers what is hands down the weirdest performance in any blockbuster we've seen this year, or plausibly in recent years. The actor channels Jeff Goldblum-level "out there"-ness as a scientist who comes face to face with the titular monster after a lifetime devoted to research on the subject. Most of Watanabe's screentime is spent staring off into nowhere, a choice emblematic of unmistakable lunacy residing in the mind of this obsessed professor. We can feel his pain... but it's pure joy to watch.
Nat Wolff in Palo Alto Likely more recognizable for his supporting turn in The Fault in Our Stars, Wolff is a powerhouse in another ennui-soaked high school drama: Palo Alto, which is far more cynical (and terrific) than the aforementioned feature. Wolff plays a teen succumbing to loneliness, self-loathing, and substance abuse in the nihilistic tornado that is his upper class existence. At once the clown and the beacon of tragedy, Wolff really knocks it out of the park in Gia Coppola's debut.
Tilda Swinton in SnowpiercerThe only actor on this list twice (unless you count Jesse Eisenberg for his dual roles in The Double) is Tilda Swinton, who proves herself as powerful a character actor as she is a leading stoic. In stark contrast to her Only Lovers heroine, Swinton's Snowpiercer character is a wicked, delusional tyrant who would be petrifying were she not so damn hilarious.
Agata Trzebuchowska in IdaYep, there is a second actor from Ida on this list, and she's also named Agata. In fact, the younger of the two stars gives what is indeed the more remarkable performance, playing almost exclusively silent as she drinks in her aunt's life of tragic hedonism from a two-foot distance. The Ida/Anna role might have been little more than a lens for the audience to view the horrors of the Holocaust, but Trzebuchowska's restrained anguish gives the story an intriguing slant. All the pangs of the post World War II world that filter through her come out the other end with a peculiar, insightful flavor.
Daniel Radcliffe in What ifSometimes all it takes for a role to stick with you is laughter. Daniel Radcliffe, who we all love, is destined for a long career in comedy. As the romantic lead of What if, Radcliffe is super-Hugh-Grant levels of dashing, debonair, self-deprecating, and f**king funny. His rapid fire delivery, affable countenance, and complete mastery of the most eclectic wordplay makes his What if turn (as a guy named Wallace, no less) more than worthy of the world's post-Potter love.
Nathan Varnson in Hide Your Smiling FacesFinally, representing one of our favorite movies of the year is Nathan Varnson, a child actor who plays a young boy dealing with the sudden death of a close friend. There are no big, showy moments in Smiling Faces. Everything Varnson showcases is largely internalized; his role is predominantly wordless, in fact. All the more reason why it stands out in our minds as one of the best of the year.
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Jenny McCarthy is leaving U.S. daytime talk show The View after less than a year on the panel. The blonde bombshell joined the long-running chat series last September (14), but has decided to walk away just nine months into the job after her co-anchor Sherri Shepherd announced she was leaving.
Shepherd confirmed her exit on Thursday night (26Jun14), saying in a statement, "It's been seven wonderful years on The View and after careful consideration it is time for me to move on. I am extremely grateful to Barbara Walters and (executive producer) Bill Geddie for giving me the opportunity. I look forward to the business opportunities that lay ahead for me and I am incredibly grateful to my View family and my fans for supporting me on this journey."
McCarthy then took to Twitter.com to tell her followers she is also leaving the programme. She writes, "If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters... My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year."
If Sherri goes... I go too. #sisters
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
My View will be changing too. As will with many hard working folks. Thanks to everyone at the show for your dedication and an amazing year.
— Jenny McCarthy (@JennyMcCarthy) June 27, 2014
A statement from bosses at U.S. network ABC confirmed their departures: "The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively."
The pair's exit comes months after creator and executive producer Walters retired in April (14). She launched the Emmy-winning show in 1997.
Actress/comedienne Whoopi Goldberg will be the show's only returning host when the programme comes back for its 18th season this autumn (14).
Actor Jason Biggs has defended his wife Jenny Mollen after she came under attack for revealing she once hired a prostitute to partake in a threesome for her husband's birthday in her new book.
The Crazy, Stupid, Love. star opens up about the incident in her novel I Like You Just The Way I Am: Stories About Me and Some Other People, and she shared details about the racy tale during an appearance on U.S. talk show The View on Tuesday (17Jun14). However, she came under fire for the saucy story from more reserved critics, with The View's guest co-host Candace Cameron Bure stating on Wednesday (18Jun14), "How is that a great story? I'm sorry, (but) how is hiring a hooker for your husband's birthday, how is having threesomes, how is that celebrated? I have a hard time finding the humour in that, as a woman who has been married for 18 years."
The comments irked Biggs and now the American Pie actor is fighting back. During his own appearance on The View on Thursday (19Jun14), he explained, "It was, for us, hilarious and we are very open people, we are real people, we are honest, my wife is amazing and this is not an habitual thing on our part..."
Biggs also defended Mollen against claims that she was embarrassed to discuss the ordeal on the family-friendly daytime talk show because she is a different person in private than she is in public. He added, "My wife is incredibly real... she was in a circumstance that didn't allow for her to say these things."
The controversy comes days after Biggs slammed the newsmakers at U.S. breakfast show Good Morning America for dedicating a full segment to celebrity "over-sharing" because they felt his baby announcement in February (14) was over the top.
The new parents had documented baby Sid's arrival by chronicling every stage from labour to delivery on their Instagram.com accounts.