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Alicia Lutes
Staff Writer Alicia Lutes is a corgi enthusiast from Connecticut living in Los Angeles. She loves Tina Fey, television, ugly things and really money cheese plates. Growing up, her grandfather frequently said, "you’re so god-damned good with words! You should do something with words with your life!" so she made it her quest to plaster her wordy witticisms across the Internet. She looks forward to retiring at the age of 80 and opening a fromagerie with a small army of wrinkly-faced and stumpy-legged dogs.
  • 'Smash' Gets The Saturday Snub: Is The Curtain Falling on NBC's Broadway Baby?
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 13, 2013
    Before the spotlight could be turned up and focused in on Bombshell, it seems as though NBC is slowly lowering the curtain on the Internet's favorite show to hate-watch, Smash. Indeed, Karen Cartwright and her zany cast of producers, directors, musicians, dramaturgs (yep, this show really does have everything), and company players has been moved from its Tuesday timeslot to the worse-than-a-Friday-banishment graveyard that is Saturday night at 9PM. The switch is set to begin on April 6. RELATED: 'Smash' And Burn: NBC's Musical Series Nearly Ties Ratings Of 'Hart Of Dixie' The powers-that-be at Peacock HQ made the announcement Wednesday afternoon in a press release that also discussed movement of several other shows — including the Matthew Perry-fronted Go On (moving to Thursdays after The Office), an expansion of Celebrity Apprentice to two hours, and the debut of Ready For Love (yet another reality dating competition) from 9 - 11 on Tuesday nights. Needless to say, such a move from Tuesday to Saturday is one big nail in a very jazz handy coffin. RELATED: The Ratings For 'Smash' Were Absolutely Terrible So what does this mean for our Broadway babies? Not to be dramatic (though what's a Broadway show without a little drama, eh?), but death, most likely. It seems that NBC is ready to dim the lights on the ratings-plauged series, once seen as a shining beacon of hope for the fledgling network. The show has been skewered by critics from the get-go, and with numbers plummeting even further in its second season, it's no surprise that execs decided it was better to let it quietly live out its final days on a less financially-lucrative night. Basically, Smash has left the Great White Way in favor of a Floridian dinner theater. It seems like no matter how much you beg, Bombshell, NBC doesn't want to let you be its star. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: Craig Blankenhorn/NBC] You Might Also Like:14 Movies That Are, Surprisingly, Not PornStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' Shows a Man Grown Up — REVIEW
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 13, 2013
      Do you think Jessica Biel's résumé just says "Justin Timberlake's Muse" in all big letters and nothing else, now? Because she's managed to get America's favorite former Mickey Mouse Club member to finally (finally!) return to music. With his new album, The 20/20 Experience, Justin Timberlake has penned a sexy, sultry love letter to the new Mrs. Timberlake and, in turn, has announced his return to speakers the world over. Mr. Timberlake is in l-o-v-e, y'all, and he's taken quite a liking to soulful, vintage stylings in order to fully express his feelings. Love just sounds more authentic when it's crooned over 70s-soul-tinged R&B. The marriage of JT's vocals with swelling big band strings, creeping vintage beats, and a bit of updated retro-soul was a smart move on his and producers Timbaland and J-Roc's part; it fills the gap in today's old school renaissance with a little bit of grown-ass-manliness. While Bruno Mars might be the flashiest tenant on the pop block, Timberlake has proven why he's the landlord of the whole damn building. RELATED: First Reactions to Justin Timberlake's 'The 20/20 Experience' Unlike past efforts, The 20/20 Experience is an album fully-realized: it's not a collection of chart-topping singles and guest appearances (indeed, Jay-Z's verse on "Suit & Tie" is the album's only instance of such work), but rather a unified aural experience. He wants you to experience the album, not just the songs. Tracks are not broken up into easily-digestible 2:30 snippets, but rather grown slowly over the course of several minutes and allowed to shift, curve, and swirl into existence. It's something that will undoubtedly be off-putting for some (and sometimes felt like a distraction), but a breath of fresh air to others. Overall, Timberlake is on his Michael Jackson, hyper-focused game. When he sings "I say goodbye to the old me / it's already gone," during the second single, "Mirrors," you believe it. Sure, perhaps a bit of editing could've benefitted the middle bits, but the album has the confidence and cadance of a man no longer lost in the world of twentysomething cockiness. While FutureSex/LoveSounds told the world Timberlake was no longer a teen dream, The 20/20 Experience throws a smoking jacket on the man and turns him into a capital-M Man. And a Man isn't a series of spastic parts, he's a fully-realized artistic vision. So, while some parts shine far greater than others, the essence of who this new Timberlake is has arrived, whole. This is an album, an experience (duh) to be had — not just another collection of hits and ditties. The album starts out with the sexy, sultry, and delicious "Pusher Love Girl." Here, Timberlake shines as the leading man of a musical exploration of Old Hollywood, pushed forward with the funky back-beat of an old school Prince jam. His love has narcotic qualities to it — as does the tune itself. The fact that this isn't the second single feels a bit surprising, to be honest. First single "Suit & Tie" appears second on the album — a song I admittedly had less-than-favorable opinions to upon first listen. But this tune is a grower. Maybe it's the songs perma-placement in advertisements and radio waves, but it won me over — or at least wore me down. It's shown us a few things (a few thangs), and it can't wait to get you on the floor, good-lookin'. RELATED: Listen to Justin Timberlake's New Song, 'Suit & Tie' The middle of the album suffers from a bit of the editing deficiency previously mentioned. Timbaland-heavy tracks such as "Don't Hold the Wall" and "Tunnel Vision" feel slightly out of place on the whole, but still satisfy that inherent spot in the back of your head, keeping you on the dance floor for just one more song. "Don't Hold the Wall" feels heavily Indian in influence, including a sample that gives it a mysterious hot-girl-running-down-a-smoky-back-alley-in-New-Delhi vibe. This is as SexyBack Timberlake as you're going to get. A track that will likely do well late night at the clubs, it ultimately shies away from the album's true power. "Strawberry Bubblegum" may be the most head-scratchy track of them all: it's bouncy with the flare of a crackling, 70s-soul groove, but ultimately falls flat and feels like an unfinished vision. To say nothing of the weird, Barry White-esque sing-talking interjected throughout. "Tunnel Vision" is perhaps the most architectually Timbaland tune of the bunch; rife with his signature uh-huhs, break-it-down-nows, and here-we-gos, the track reminds us that sometimes even superstars are self-conscious, y'all. There are movie references (because Timberlake's a big-time movie star now, you know!) aplenty, punctuated by electro-mixed string sections that feel perhaps like the most "now" song on the LP. The Barry White business continues on "Spaceship Coupe" which is vocally on-point, but feels slightly cringeworthy in subject matter. Is Timberlake writing a slowjam for his TARDIS built for two? If Doctor Who was even a remotely sexual being, this would be the tune he played before trying to get his companion pregnant with a baby Time Lord. One of the best additions to Timberlake's musical vision is that of The Tennessee Kids, his backing band, which features most on the previously-heard tune, "That Girl," a fine song if nothing special. During live performances, their work shines, but feels pushed aside on the album itself. "Let The Groove Get In" feels like a tune to blast while on vacation in Rio, and folds well into Timberlake's next single, "Mirrors," which features Timberlake's return to form. This is the FutureSex man we met in the aughts, now in love rather than in like, with nothing left to prove except the love in his heart for his lady. RELATED: Justin Timberlake Has Contracted The Funk on Two New Tracks The end of the album proves to be the most surprising: "Blue Ocean Floor" showcases Timberlake's vocals as the star of a melodically pensive track. The music slowly puddles around the steady stream of his crooning fluctuations. And trust, there is nothing easy about the way he vocally flips and jumps on this track — and its deviation from the rest of the album is refreshing. The highs and lows mimic the steady push and pull of the tide, and is a fantastically unshowy way to close an otherwise album.  In the end, Timberlake is back and has given fans a taste of the refined, confident man he's become in love and life. The 20/20 Experience has flickers of the curly-haired novice we all grew to love as a boyband frontman, and later respect as a minted R&B stalwart. Timberlake is back, and while it might not be perfect, it is pretty, pretty good. What do you think of The 20/20 Experience? Sound off in the comments. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: RCA] You Might Also Like:Topanga's Revealing Lingerie Shoot: Hello '90s! Stars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • Krysten Ritter is California Dreamin' on 'The Cleveland Show' — EXCLUSIVE VIDEO
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 12, 2013
    Ever uproot your life to follow your big city dreams in Los Angeles? Maybe you're an actor, or a (cough) writer, or in the case of Cleveland Brown from The Cleveland Show, an aspiring Major League Baseball scout. Either way, you need a guide to get you hip to the California Dream Machine. Times in the city of angels can be tricky! Enter: Krysten Ritter of Don’t Trust the B---- in Apt. 23, who lent her voice on the upcoming episode titled "California Dreamin'." Lucky for fans of the series, Hollywood.com has nabbed an exclusive clip from the show to give you a first look at Ritter's appearance.  RELATED: Krysten Ritter Joins '50 Shades of Grey' Casting Speculation Ritter plays Gina, a struggling actress (in LA? So rare!) and Cleveland's new neighbor. Gina turns herself into an LA guru for Cleveland, and shows him that life in the land of Hollywood is not always as glamorous as it might seem. Check out a sneek peak from the episode, airing this Sunday, March 17 at 8:30 PM on FOX. [Photo Credit: FOX] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes You Might Also Like:8 Male Stars With Tramp StampsStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'Bachelor' Sean Lowe and Catherine Giudici Not Looking for Fame, Will Be on TV a Bunch
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 12, 2013
    So, you've found your One True Love thanks to the power of reality television and you're ready to start your life with them. So what's the first thing you do? Join the cast of Dancing with the Stars, natch! At least, that's the plan for Sean Lowe, who plucked his bride-to-be Catherine Giudici out of the ether of matchmaking TV on The Bachelor. Lowe, who was oh-so adamant about looking for honest-to-goodness, the-process-works love (and no, not fame at all!) decided that another great way to showcase said love would be to involve television cameras in its growth, again and again. Because a relationship that starts on TV only really exists when it is playing out in front of millions of people. It's like when a tree falls in the woods and no one's around to hear it. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Finale Recap: Married to Tears So it's totally not weird that Lowe, insistent that he wasn't looking for the limelight in his True Love Quest, reiterated to reporters today that he doesn't "like the fame aspect of being The Bachelor or being on Dancing with the Stars." Which is probably why he and Giudici decided to have their wedding on a TV show (announced on a TV show, before heading to New York to be on a bunch of other TV shows about being on TV shows). Lowe seems to believe, though, that these are not fame-seeking moments, they're merely opportunities that are "too good to pass up," and "an incredible unique challenge" that only come around "once in a lifetime."  Lowe is "just a person that loves to try new things and step outside [his] comfort zone," so being on TV and famous is a state of mind, man — not an action!  As for future plans of television dominance, Lowe explained to Hollywood.com that "at some point, we want to have a life with some normalcy to it." But don't count this boy out just yet (so coy, he is!), because "opportunities may pop up that are just great, and we might feel that they are great for us." So basically, don't hold your breath but, yeah, sounds like these two are pretty game for an extension of their fifteen minutes should it present itself.   Lowe explained "there’s a good chance we’ll head to Dallas or go somewhere and resume a normal life" once DWTS is over. But still, it's just a chance, not a definitive. Good chances, great opportunities: Sean and Catherine's life together sounds like one big nebulous cloud of potential TV time — but only if it can be presented as a fun, goofy, spontaneous thing they can accomplish (rather than what it really is: some good money and a bit more time in the spotlight, relishing the perks of expiration-date fame).  RELATED: Arie Luyendyk Jr's 'Bachelor' Blog: To Be Lindsay For fans hoping these two knuckleheads actually make it down the aisle, the duo explained that spending time together (to, you know, get to know each other as real humans rather than set pieces) has opened their eyes up even more to love. They're learning about each other! As you do in the beginning parts of a relationship — though that is typically before the whole get-on-one-knee thing, but hey, different strokes, different folks. Regardless, when it comes to what has and hasn't changed for the duo, everything has somehow managed to stay perfect in the three or so months since filming. "He’s just so relaxed and so comfortable and we just have a blast together. We’re just goofballs," explained Giudici, which "was the best thing” she's taken away from her brief but totally permanent relationship with Lowe. “If I’ve learned anything, I think it’s just how incredibly passionate Catherine is, and how much she wants to love me," said Lowe. "And I couldn’t ask for anything more in a potential wife. I think I’m growing more and more in love with her as each day passes. And hopefully that never stops." Well, that certainly is the hope with the whole 'til-death-do-us-part thing.   RELATED: Sean Lowe Joins 'Dancing with the Stars' However, in the eons since filming (shooting ended around Thanksgiving), that flame has magically not gone out! "I think some people have the fear after filming is over that things might not be the same, or you might not have feelings of love after you get away from the exotic destinations and so forth, but that’s certainly not true in our case." Love, like a Neil Lane diamond, is forever. Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina. [Photo Credit: ABC] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes You Might Also Like:8 Male Stars With Tramp StampsStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Bachelor' Finale Recap: Married to Tears
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 12, 2013
    White smoke, a lot of prayer: this was one of the most historical moments in history. A buzzed-about event of elephantine proportions: The One would be chosen, at last. The word of one man to change the course of time. Like the similarly-revered ceremony in Vatican City, a man made a pact with a higher power. Only this higher power was ABC, and the pact was to be with Cathertine Giudici til death do they part. Surprise! Sean Lowe met The One, and after several weeks of true blue love searching, The Bachelor  himself is engaged. It was an obvious choice to most viewers, amplified times a billion in the 3 hours of tear-stained fluff that played out Monday night. But it wasn't all easy-peasy (because that makes for really boring television), so a Disney fairy tale was constructed, starring former-lost-soul-turned-Princses-to-be Catherine and the sad and lowly pixie street child Lindsay (I learned that one just in the nick of time!). Cue the stage-setting! Sean's family arrived to meet both of the girls. Oh, so lovely they are! Both so young and wonderful and interesting and complex and deep and unique and fun and funny and great and perfect! But Sean knew that a decision had to be made, and one should never decide upon the Eve to one's Adam alone. But it's hard because feelings! Our main dude went and attached a True Love sentiment onto his order of higher power approval, and well, that just really feels like you're asking for a lot, Sean. Nobody gets to be chosen by some fancy higher-power/glittery finger AND find eternal happiness. Don't you read? You can't have it all! Both girls are beloved by Sean's family, and both believe (thanks, Daddy Lowe) that THE PROCESS WORKS (I was so worried.) and are unique snowflake, special flower types. No help at all! But — cue dramatic music — all is not well with Momma Lowe, who really doesn't want Sean to propose. Nor did she think any of this really falls in line with how serious she takes marriage. Tears were shed and Sean asserted that for him, The Bachelor wasn't a game, much like marriage is to mom. But love it isn't a show, Sean: though his revelation that his marriage to Catherine will be on television certainly sounds like one. To mom, the whole "process" (that works!) could end badly. Don't just pick one to pick one, marriage is for keeps. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Women Dull All To propose or not to propose, that is the question mused by Sean of the SansShirt. Whether 'tis nobler in the mind to suffer the slings and arrows made of rose thorns from a lady who isn't the one? Everything is cupcakes, rainbows, honeydew kisses and butterfly fairy tales. It is all rose-scented vanilla. Lindsay's final date involved the philosphical quandry of the ages: whether one will be hot when they're old. (Obviously!) Because that's all that matters outside of the fact that she loved him, meant it! Love is hot pink short shorts and being hot old people caricatures together. (Sidenote: did anyone else think her eye make-up made her look like a child playing adult, but in a way that made you sort of sad? It made me feel kind of sad, you guys.) Lindsay was concerned (though braggartly optimistic) for a fleeting moment about whether or not she was the one. But, she knew! She knew the truth was that she was the one (she wasn't the one). But hey! Getting blindsided makes for great television, so let's crank that s**t up to eleven. For a moment, Sean thought he was really in love. But lo, how fleeting that moment was.  Because Catherine is here! Game over, Lindsay. ABC has really reached into the Disney half of its ownership and poured on the fairy tale schmaltz real f**king thick with these two. I mean, seriously. Everything — and lord do I mean everything — ran tinny and tinged with an over-the-top, incredibly-orchestrated-everything feeling. Catherine and Sean rode some elephants around scenic overlooks of Thailand's finest. Catherine even had a real Kristen Bell moment about the Dumbos. It was impressive, this show's ability to be such…a perfect Disney fairytale in Real Life. Right guys? What a coinkidink! I love how they try to make this s**t come across as anything but an incredibly subtle study of production calculations and manipulations. And I don't just mean the will-they, won't-they situation. Catherine's dates are epic elephant rides in the mountains overlooking majestic vistas. And Lindsay's dates are … talking about being hot and old! Catherine is being pegged as the Disney Princess of this show. Poor Lindsay was just the roadbump that got in the way. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Thrill of the Chaste Catherine even hit us with the tortured soul storyline! She's so guarded and ysterious about her emotions because she just loves so deep! This melts Sean's heart. Cue: heartbeating noise. In a moment that felt more intimate than viewers should be privy to (seriously, is nothing sacred anymore, asks the Athiest?), Catherine whispered to Sean, "I love you," setting off a landslide of worry but also commitment from her end. Now, what I heard Sean say was "that's it for today," pretty much telling her she's the one, though Harrison claimed differently ("thank you for today"). Regardless, the over-dramatic bit of talk (seriously with the strings, ABC) about her not knowing that she's oh-so-obviously the one (we've all been watching!)? Guys, it's so obvious who you were rooting for from the get-go. This is a straight-up romantic fairy-tale narrative. This is a story. Sure, Catherine and Sean seem super-duper in like (and maybe even in love, who's to say other than them), so it could've worked either way, but this s**t is straight-up cinematic in its storytelling. As if Disney hasn't ruined people's perceptions of relationships enough already, now they go and let ABC do this, undoubtedly continuing that unrealistic ridiculousness in some poor sad Bump-It brain. So obviously to balance all that sappy syrup out, Neil Lane showed up for his once-per-season plug — an interlude between Sean's shirtless moments, natch. This show is all about balance, you guys! So rational and realistic. And also, Sean cried.  Sean cried all of the times: at every moment during the end, he was just constantly overcome with emotions, feelings, and eyeball water. Making choices is hard. And also stinks. But a decision must be made! So both girls put their sparkliest, dare-I-say-it sorta showgirly foot forward, (accessorized with tears) for The Final Rose (Til Death Do Us Part Edition). One thing of note: ain't no limos in Thailland. Poor girls had to settle for an SUV. Lindsay is up first, to get the icy cold slap of reality right across her face. Step right up! And oh, the look on her face when she realized he was breaking up with her? Epic. Made all the more crushing after  Sean told Lindsay he loved her! Oh no, Sean! Worse! She, of course because society, assumed it was all her fault and asked Sean "was it me?" Which, ugh, girl? No. No no no no no. Noooooooooo! The exasperation, it stings. No time to linger though, guys, because after dumping one woman he loved, Sean now had to propose to the woman he loves. Chop chop! Time is money. In "a weird, sick, twisted place" (the nice, normal human place) in her head she's happy for them  Even though, wah, Sean took away everything Lindsay ever wanted and (so weird, right?) she never, ever, ever wanted to ever feel this way. (Because the rest of us just beg for pain and heartbreak.) But, hey, three cheers for Ms. "I don't want to be alone" Lindsay, right? Thanks for displaying your earth-shattering heartbreak and bleeding insecurity about self-worth outside of relationships on camera for our entertainment. Hooray AMERICA! RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Sean Tells All (Or Nothing) Then, it was time for Catherine. But wait! A letter! Could it be the highly-insinuated break-up note that ABC so hoped would pique your interest enough to tune in? No! Of course not, it was a good ole switcharoo. Because, ha ha, Catherine is apparently so crazy in love with Sean, nothing else matters. There are more tears (a whole bunch of which are from Sean) and a lot of feelings. There are The Perfect Words and The Gasping Breath of Relief and The Perfect Question and Answer and Shock and Awe. And there it was, the Final Rose to End All Roses. Catherine and Sean are finally complete!  After the episode, ABC decided to grace us with yet another hour of inanity, explaining that "tonight is the night that none of us will soon forget." He also claimed there was some "late-breaking news" about Sean and Catherine's relationship (oh, the guffaws), which, ha. ABC is more liberal with their definition of "breaking news" than CNN — which is really saying something. Harrison also found time to put on his Ebert hat, and declared the Television Event of the Decade both "incredible" and "heart wrenching" to watch. Man,ABC's  true love s**t should nab them all of the awards. Sean first spoke with Lindsay and the two were immedially all LOL Prayer! Seriously: everyone was a-prayin', what a gas, huh? Anyone else laugh at the fact that Lindsay was wearing a white (sorry, ecru? off-white?) during the After The Final Rose? Lindsay still thinks she did something wrong rather than just not being the proper shirt to contain Sean Lowe, but he then puts it all on the notorious g.o.d. (Here's an answer for you, girl: was your tattoo, Lindsay! VISIBLE PERMA-SIN! ha ha ha just kidding (I think)!) Looking back on fair shirtless, it's safe to say he's had quite a year. In the course of that year (how long Sean's known Chris Harrison), Sean Lowe has been in love three times: Emily, Lindsay, and Catherine. Wedding bills are ringing ASAP (probably because they want to b-o-n-e, yo! Also because true love or something), and we'll all get to watch it play out, nationally! Oh, and guess what guys? Desiree is the new Bachelorette because THE PROCESS WORKS. RELATED: Desiree Hartsock Will Be Next 'Bachelorette' What did you think of tonight's finale? Surprised or happy about the winner? Let us know in the comments! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: ABC] You Might Also Like:8 Male Stars With Tramp StampsStars Who Have Lost Roles For Being Too Hot (Celebuzz)
  • TV Tidbits: J.J. Abrams to 'Believe' in Kyle Maclachlan, Will Arnett Gets a Beau
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 05, 2013
    Kyle MacLachlan Is a Believer: J.J. Abrams newest television venture has added Twin Peaks and Desperate Housewives star Kyle MacLachlan — currently seen in a recurring capacity on CBS’ The Good Wife — to his NBC drama, Believe. MacLachlan will play Skouras, a mysterious billionaire with a mysterious agenda involving the show's main protagonists, a gifted young girl and a man sprung from jail, tasked with protecting the aforementioned young girl. [TVLine] Hart of Dixie Gets a New Love Interest: Well this is some interesting casting! Rob Huebel, funny person most commonly seen on Children's Hospital, has been cast as a new love interest for Rachel Bilson's Zoe, ensuring fans of the CW that A) a little awkward comedy may be heading their way, and B) Wade and Zoe might not be so quick to resolve things. Oh no! [THR] RELATED: TV Tidbits: Chloe Sevigny Heads to The Mindy Project Beau Bridges Adopts a New Son: And what a son he is. Bridges has been cast as Will Arnett's father in the comedian's upcoming, yet-to-be-titled CBS comedy pilot from Raising Hope creator Greg Garcia. Bridges joins an already stellar cast — his wife will be played by Margo Martindale (Justified, The Americans) and his daughter is the Waitress from Always Sunny. It'll be worth a peek for sure. [TVLine] Fringe Alums Book Pilots: Fringe alumni Seth Gabel and Georgina Haig — a.k.a. Lincoln Lee and Etta Bishop — have both moved on to new TV projects. Gabel just signed on for ABC’s Gothica, which is described as a modern-day Gothic soap that weaves together the mythologies of Dracula, Jekyll and Hyde, Frankenstein and Dorian Gray, among others. He'll play Roderick Usher, the local DA and heir to the once-powerful, secretive Usher family. Haig is joining CBS’ Reckless, a sultry legal drama project set in Charleston, S.C., where a gorgeous Yankee litigator and a Southern City Attorney (played by The O.C.'s Cam Gigandet) struggle to hide their attraction while clashing over a police sex scandal. Haig will play Charleston police officer Lee Anne. [Deadline] 90210 Star Lands Out of This World Role: It's only been a few days since The CW announced 90210's cancelation, but star Matt Lanter is moving on already. The actor signed on to the network's sci-fi drama pilot Oxygen. The show revolves around the romance that ignites between Emery, a human girl (Friday Night Lights' Aimee Teegarden) and Roman, an alien boy, when he and eight others of his kind (The Orion 9) are integrated into a suburban high school 10 years after their species landed on Earth and were immediately interned in a camp where they’ve been imprisoned ever since. Lanter will play Roman, who falls in love with Emery after he befriends her while escaping authorities 10 years prior. [THR] Gossip Girl Makes The List:  GG alum Jessica Szohr has been cast as the female lead opposite Michael Peña in The List. The Fox drama follows Deputy U.S. Marshal Soto (Peña) who, when members of the Federal Witness Security Program start getting killed, leads the hunt for the person who stole "the list" – a file with the identities of every member of the program. Szohr will play Special Agent Natalie Voss, a fearless FBI agent who detests dealing with the Witness Security Program but is intrigued by Soto. [Deadline] [Photo Credit: Nikki Nelson/WENN] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes From Our Partners:Seal Is Dating the Pink Power Ranger: Report (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • Mila Kunis vs. Jennifer Lawrence: The Battle to Be America's Best Friend Forever
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 05, 2013
    Alert the media: cool girls are having a moment! But having a moment doesn't come without some controversy of its own: in fact, America's rabid friend-crush on Jennifer Lawrence has gained a bit of competition from Mila Kunis. The Oz The Great and Powerful star reminded us not to count her out of the game, because she, too, is a normal, awesome, funny, charming human being. We already knew this about Kunis, but the star reaffirmed our thoughts — and momentarily stole the spotlight back from Lawrence — with her recent interview with Chris Stark of BBC Radio One's Scott Mills Radio Show (see video below). She agreed to go to a Watford Football Club game with Stark and his lads: the colorfully-named Sir Dosser, The Convict, and Chango the Beast (who were going to be infinitely jealous of all the Lad Points he accumulated from his Kunis time. Probably while necking a pint or drinking Jägerbombs and lad bombs). There was talk of Nando's, Dickos, trou dropping, meat pies, and Baywatch. It was both endearing and hilarious — and made all the more awesome by Kunis' candor. RELATED: Awesome Alert: Mila Kunis Producing Feminist Drama for CW The battle for America's Number One Best Friend has been raging slowly below the surface of our adoration of these two ladies, but today it bubbled over the edge and out into the open. How, oh how, can we pick just one to be America's Best Friend? Especially when Kunis and Lawrence are both so awesome? Is it possible to choose just one when they both give cool such a good name? We decided to break it down, battle royale style, and determine, once and for all, who deserves to be America's Ultimate Cool Girl Best Friend Forever. It's a hard job, but somebody's gotta do it. So what makes Kunis and Lawrence so cool? Well... RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson Light Up  They Defend Their Friends Awesomely Mila Kunis: At a Russian press event in support of her film Friends With Benefits, Kunis laid down the law — in Russian! — to defend her co-star Justin Timberlake's choice to do movies rather than just music. See? Awesome. And totally a Best Friend move. On a scale of 1 - 10, Kunis gets 10 BFF Points. Jennifer Lawrence: When your friend and Silver Linings Playbook costar is Bradley Cooper, a man recently single, you do him a solid and set him up with your friends! No question: Lawrence gets 10 BFF Points — because this benefits both Cooper AND her girlfriends who are probably forever grateful for the opportunity to be considered a potential mouth partner for People Magazine's 2011 Sexiest Man Alive.  They Star in Dior Ads Awesomely Mila Kunis: Chic, black & white, and timeless? 10 BFF Points. Jennifer Lawrence: (behind-the-scenes) Chic, black & white, and timeless, again? Yep, that'll be another 10 BFF Points. They Handle The Unexpected Awesomely Mila Kunis: Press days can be insanely monotonous and boring. Stars are forced to answer many of the same questions over and over again, for hours on end. So, naturally, Mila jumped at the chance to chat up Chris Stark about his own life — and still managed (as you'll see at the 4:50 mark) to do her job and publicize the movie. Obviously, 10 BFF Points. Jennifer Lawrence: Jack Nicholson shows up in the middle of a post-Oscar interview. Hilarity ensues. No question, 10 BFF Points. They Handle Embarrassment Awesomely Mila Kunis: When talking about her boyfriend Ashton Kutcher on Ellen, Kunis found herself a bit flustered and shy. "Give or take a couple minutes!" Being nervous makes her eyes tear up? C'mon! 10 BFF Points. Jennifer Falling at Oscars: Every star's worst nightmare came true for Lawrence when she made her way to the stage to accept her trophy. No caption necessary: 10 BFF Points. RELATED: Jennifer Lawrence Was Hilarious at Oscar Press Conference THE GRAND TOTAL: Jennifer Lawrence: 40 BFF Points Mila Kunis: 40 BFF Points It's a dead heat! Man, making decisions is hard. Who could possibly come out on top in this battle? Can there really, truly be only one Best Friend Forever for America? How are we supposed to choose? Life is hard enough without having to make such a decision. Oh, the humanity! Perhaps in a time like this, it's best to remember the wise words of Mindy Kaling when talking about the concept of Best Friend: "Best Friend isn't a person, it's a tier." And it is with hearty agreement we say: Mila and Jennifer, you are the Best Friends of America! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: Hollywood.com Illustration] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Women Dull All
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 04, 2013
    Oh, America: it was Tierrable drama we wanted, but that wasn't at all what we received. Why? Because ABC had a wild card no one was expecting. Monday night brought us the perma-hyped, but ultimately jumbled and underwhelming "Women Tell All" episode of The Bachelor , which attempted to coherently address the season's myriad of crazy. Sean Lowe and his harem of ladies appeared on ABC to talk about all of the drama and behind-the-scenes trouble that plauged this season. Which of course, ultimately meant everyone just wanted to talk about Tierrable. But as it turns out, AshLee ended up stealing the night's spotlight thanks to her own brand of specially-made confusion. Coming into the episode, there was hope that finally — finally! — we'd have a bit more information and insight from the girls as to why this season was such a ridiculous mess — coupled with an oh-so satisfying cat fight or two — but instead, we just had more questions. Anyone who watched even part of this season of The Bachelor imagined the show would be one big Tierrable nightmare. But only half of it was. Tierrable is "self aware" now, so she's trying to save face, which means cryptic weirdness coupled with preemptive self-defense. Chris Harrison explained that it took "a lot of courage" for Tierrable to get up and talk. But, oh Tierrable, courage she needed not: rather a muzzle. Miss Modesty was quick to set things straight about how she was portrayed on the show versus who she is in real life. "I light up in a room," she explained. You see, when Tierrable walks into a room she brings "this joy … but with people that immediately judge [her] … they immediately judge [her] based off of what [she] looks like rather than the inner-person." Oh right, the old jealousy defense! Why is that the go-to defense for every "I'm not here to make friends!" type on reality television? RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: The Thrill of The Chaste You see, homegirl is convinced that the first rose ruined the entire series for her, and that everyone hates her and is jealous of her because of that. Because that matters so much after the, oh, first rose ceremony, right? Totally, Tierrable. Tooootally. Chris Harrison performed one of the more disappointing instances of law-laying, merely softballing questions Tierrable's way about why the girls turned on her. She explained that she didn't want to be friends with them, essentially validating everything the girls were saying. So why not be nice rather than make it harder on yourself, questioned Harrison? Tierrable claimed only that she was "very consistent" and stayed true to herself. Never let them dull your sparkle, sweetheart. As Selma explained, "you weren't unfriendly, but you weren't friendly." Tierrable asserted that AshLee "was pinpointing" (which, by the way, means accurate, Tierrable), though she definitely meant nitpicking. And then the slow unravel began. Tierrable decided to apologize to the ladies for them "thinking" that she wasn't being friendly or trying to be mean. Finally, after oodles of hemming, hawing, and back-and-forthing, Tierrable admitted that The Bachelor was an "extraordinary situation" she wasn't ready for. "I handled it, I guess, in a bad way. And I apologize." There was talk of eyebrow control, her origin story, born on the stages of Little Miss Nevada. Oh! And there was also talk of Tierrable's engagement. Admitting what we already knew, Tierrable explained that her and her old beau "needed the separation [of The Bachelor] to rekindle things." So why, then, did she first say "no comment" when Harrison asked when she got the obnoxiously-large ring before admitting that she "got engaged in January"? Oh, right, because Tierrable is the worst, and also awful, and also really not good at handling media attention and scrutiny.  Goodbye Tierrable, hopefully forever. R.I.P. Sparkles. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Sean Tells All (Or Nothing) For Desiree and Sarah, things were short and sweet. Sarah was sad and seems frustrated about why she perceives she is still single. It was sad, but I just know that Sarah will be fine. She's like Arya Stark, she will be just fine. No one has to worry about Arya Stark, and a good man will find Sarah, and she'll be fine either way. In Desiree's case, it was all about the campaign. She believed herself en route to love with Shirtless the Conquerer. Also that her brother was an ass. Homegirl has The Bachelorette aspirations of a pageant queen. Next up was the surprise drama star of the evening: A$hLe3. The S.S. AshLee talked all about abandonment issues, which is so surprising and unusual for her! She truly believed she would walk away with Sean, so much so that she believed Sean acted more like a frat boy with the other girls than the Southern gentleman he was with her. Which — ha! Hoo lordy. AshLee has clearly never met a real frat boy before. Service fraternities are not the same as Greek ones, girl. Trust. Because Sean is the tamest frat boy to ever come out of the fractory, probably ever. She was afforded the opportunity to ask Sean about why he dumped her, because she didn't "get it." He attempted to declare, in the overly-civil way that only a good Christian boy ever could, that he couldn't see building a life with her, even though he was falling in love with her. For the good ship AshLee, her anger mostly stemmed from the fact that Sean didn't "check on" her. Sean, having been in her position before, believed his checking in would've made it worse. But fair AshLee, Queen of Feminism and Advancing Equality Between the Sexes says, well duh, if Emily checked in on Sean, that would've been weird. Because a girl checking in after a boy is weird, desperate, and unncessary, but a man checking in after a woman is not only romantic and thoughtful, but expected. Hello, welcome to Double Standardia! Women need to be coddled and held and cooed and pet on the head! They need to be calmed by the rational of a strong man of their hysteria! Quick, grab the chaise lounge so our fair maiden may faint in safety! AshLee, thrown away like rotting garbage. RELATED: 'The Bachelor' Recap: Home Is Where The Boring Is But it didn't end there, Sean continued to get the third degree from AshLee, who is staunch in her belief that Sean proclaimed to her (twice!) that he didn't have feelings for the other women. Sean, I have to admit, seemed a bit nervous and shifty, both saying that he didn't say it and that he didn't "believe," "imagine," or "think" that he said it. "Do you think I would just say that, do you think I would make that up?" AshLee asked, clarifying that Sean said "there's absolutely nothing between me and those two [other girls]." Even during the break, AshLee stood firm that she wasn't lying. she's not making it up. Sean, ever the subtle evader, rather than answering AshLee's question merely stated "I hate that you think I would've said something like that to you." No one will really know who said what in the neverending he-said-she-said battle, but something tells me Sean did probably say something that could have been misconstrued as leading to AshLee. Or, at least, he really didn't understand the type of girl he was dealing with. Overall, the "Women Tell All" episode was a terrible nightmare of an experience. There was even a goddamn blooper reel — complete with girls screaming about bugs, people and things falling over, ducks that frighten, and yes, MORE SHIRTLESSNESS from Sean. What did you think about tonight's episode? Are you looking forward to next week's finale? Sound off in the comments! Follow Alicia On Twitter @Alicialutes [Photo Credit: ABC] From Our Partners:Seal Is Dating the Pink Power Ranger: Report (Vh1)60 Celebrity Bikini Bodies: Guess Who! (Celebuzz)
  • Former 'New Girl' Castmates Reunite in Buddy Cop Film
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 04, 2013
    It's about to be a Happy Ending for fans of original New Girl cast members Damon Wayans, Jr. and Jake Johnson: the duo have signed on to star in the buddy comedy flick Let's Be Cops. If you're a fan of shenanigans, this will be the movie for you. According to Deadline, Coach (who was later replaced by Winston, aka Lamorne Morris) and Nick Miller will play bored best friends with a zest for something more in their life. So instead of reading stuff on the Internet like normal people (this is what Wikipedia k-holes are for, you guys!), the two decide to impersonate cops (you know, a felony). The only problem with a casual felony? When they get you accidentally involved in real mobster antics. Enter: shenanigans! Tomfoolery! And probably a lot of yelling and flailing. Comedy! RELATED: 'New Girl,' 'The Mindy Project,' 'The Following' Get Renewed The film is being set up at 20th Century Fox by director Luke Greenfield who also co-wrote the script with Nick Thomas. Hollywood.com has reached out to a rep for Wayans Jr. and Johnson, but had not heard back at the time of publication. Are you excited to see the duo team up on the big screen?  Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: FOX] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Jason Segel Can Somehow Smile and Ride a Scooter After Michelle Williams Break-Up
    By: Alicia Lutes Mar 04, 2013
    Stop the presses! Jason Segel is happy! On a scooter! After a break-up with Michelle Williams! Time to get worried, hyper-speculative, and melodramatic! Apparently, the Internet took Segel's free-wheelin' ways to mean that we should be worried for his mental health, because several outlets posted the picture alluding to the break-up as a reason it was newsworthy. Sure, it's the first picture of him out in public that anyone's seen since the break up, but it's nothing special. A man clad in blue sits on a scooter. It's as if the man was climbing Mount Everest after his entire family was devoured by a pack of wolves. How strong he is!  RELATED: Jason Segel and Michelle Williams Split How is this possible? Could it really be true? Has our favorite goofy tall actor really been able to survive a break-up this well? It's amazing that in day-to-day life, Jason Segel is able to lift his head and get out of bed after an allegedly amicable split. Amicable! Throw some more salt in his wounds, tabloids.  Look at the poor fella — obviously distraught and living life in a downward spiral of shame and regret — riding around on a brown (Brown! The official color of sadness after black. And puce!) Vespa scooter. Probably because it's too early for car usage (obviously) — it's much too much for a person to even think about getting behind the controls of a four-wheeled vehicle! Take your time, Segel — you have clearly suffered the wounds of an emotional warrior. We're proud that you have managed to keep buggering on: a true hero to the broken-hearted everywhere. Somebody get this man a fainting couch. RELATED: Jason and Michelle, No! Why Do All The Good Ones Split? But seriously — why in the f**k is anyone worried about Jason Segel? He's wearing a helmet (safety first!), he's smiling, he has a well-documented love of scooting, and it's beautiful out in Los Angeles right now. He's on a hit television show and got to be in a movie with his heroes, The Muppets! Something tells me that Segel ain't mad at life right now, even if his relationship ended. What do you think of Segel's scooting skills? Are you amazed at his incredible ability to manage life, love, and loss at at once? Let us know, in the comments. Stay strong, Jason! America cares! (Apparently too much.) Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: Dean/Bryan/NPG] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)