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.
  • Ben Stiller to Dazzle Us on 'Arrested Development'
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 26, 2013
    Quick — run to your nearest dumbwaiter and hold on tight, because Tony Wonder himself — also known as Ben Stiller to all you non-magical types — is set to reprise his role on the upcoming Netflix season of Arrested Development. Cue the smoke cloud! According to EW, Wonder will be back to take on his magical arch nemsis, GOB (Will Arnett) for a single episode. And while plot details are scarce, something tells us there will be tricks and illusions aplenty. To the Magic Castle! Stiller’s Tony Wonder first appeared in Season 2 of the series, and turned up again the following season. Arrested Development originally aired on Fox from 2003 to 2006. RELATED: Isla Fisher and Terry Crews to Guest on Arrested Development The list of upcoming guest stars for AD is nothing to scoff at, as Seth Rogen, Kristen Wiig, Conan O’Brien, Isla Fisher, John Slattery, Terry Crews and the boys of Workaholics are already confirmed to be taking part in what many are speculating to be the show's final season. But don't worry about the Bluth family too much: after all, there's always money in the banana stand. has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication. RELATED: Arrested Development — Is Season 4 a One-Off? Are you excited for the return of Tony Wonder? Is it possible to be any happier about a television show's return? Let us know in the comments! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: FOX] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Nicole Kidman Plays Princess in 'Grace of Monaco' — PICS
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 26, 2013
    If you had any doubts that Nicole Kidman could pull off the whole royalty thing, look no further than these first official images of the actress playing Grace Kelly in Grace of Monaco. Kidman is straight princessin'. RELATED: Nicole Kidman Spotted as Grace Kelly In the two newly released images, Kidman looks quite at home in the delicate and dreamy fashions of the Hollywood Icon-turned-royal scarf-wearer (seriously, Kelly owned the head scarf game for a while there). The biopic tells the story of Kelly during 1961 and 1962, at a time when it is believed her role in diffusing political turmoil was a vital asset to her husband Rainier III, Prince of Monaco. The film was directed by La Vie En Rose's Olivier Dahan, and features a cast comprised of the likes of Tim Roth, Paz Vega, Parker Posey, Frank Langella, and Milo Ventimiglia — which certainly seems tailor made for Harvey Weinstein's desire to continue his awards season domination (given his company's recent acquisition of the film's domestic rights). The Weinstein Company also recently acquired the Idris Elba-fronted biopic Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom. And as we all know, biopics = guaranteed Oscar bait. But let's not talk about that just yet, since this year's golden statues are still warm from the lights of the Dolby Theater. Check out one additional image below and let us know: do you think Kidman pulls off the look? RELATED: See 'Grace of Monaco''s Hitchcock: Which Star Looks the Most Like the Man? Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: The Weinstein Company(2)] From Our Partners:40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Bachelor Recap': The Thrill of The Chaste
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 25, 2013
    It's like that old saying goes: Pleasure of love lasts but a moment. Pain of love lasts a lifetime. Oh Bette Davis, right now you are speaking to one lady of The Bachelor in particular tonight. Monday night's episodse of Sean Lowe's Body-Rock of Love, the top three gals — @shL3E, Catherine, and whatsername (OK, fine, Lindsay. Her name is Lindsay. We'll try to remember it from now on) — were flown to Thailand to romanticize themselves into a feeling of true love. Tropical location! A beautiful man! A spiritual feeling of completion! Dinner dates! These broads were on an express version of Eat, Pray, Love. RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Sean Tells All (Or Nothing) Lindsay's Date The dates start out with Lindsay going first. Hers involves shopping and monkeys on a beach. She is crazy in love with this shirtless love-wunderkind, and she wants to make it known. So naturally, she spends 90% of her on-camera time declaring that the camera. Because Sean would totally just know that via osmosis, right? Sean talks about life after The Bachelor, and she's ready to drop her life and live for him in Dallas. She's mad that the perfect opportunity isn't just presenting itself for her love declaration. So after about 17 hours of hemming and hawing, she takes a real long, side-stepping walk into telling him … look at these dancers! A spectacle! An oh-so-coincidental diversion! Look at all the ways Lindsay has avoided saying "I love you." The build-up to this L-word s**t was a bit over the top, eh? So scared, she is! But lest you think the time is now, the time is still not now. Oh look, a series of forced romantic interactions and conversations. Look at visually pleasing it is to middle America to watch them fall in love on script! Sean opens up, obviously prodding around for Lindsay to open up (yet again), after the overnight date has been accepted. Lindsay can barely giggle her way through saying that there was something she needed to declare: I love you. Finally! Lord! Oddly enough, Sean really enjoyed hearing of her adorations. Totally weird when someone admits to liking the fact that someone else likes them, right? AshLee's Date Sean wakes up the next morning and heads out on a date with AshLee. Feelin' footloose and orgasm-free thanks to the night before! (JK, I shouldn't speculate — I don't know Sean's stance on sex acts that aren't strictly p-in-the-v.) Sean likes challenging AshLee's control freak personality (her? control issues? NO! Not the professional organizer!), but AshLee does not. She's afraid of being abandoned in the water, and in life! This is all AshLee is to us on this show: a walking fear of rejection and abandonment. She is so in-control of how in-control she is of her abandonment issues, that it is literally all she can talk about. At this particular hour, in an underwater cave with no lights and very little to aid by way of navigation, she is feeling out of control of her physical life and being. Sean thinks he's going to kill them both, swimming around under all these rocks in the ocean, and AshLee is "absolutely terrified." Lucky for her sanity, she experiences yet-another one of her MAJOR life realizations: this is just like, a metaphor. For life! She needs to be challenged and she has to let go! And follow Sean, and FALL IN LOVE! Lo, but what a light shines e'er so bright o'er the end of thy rocky tunnel! Safety is here, and it is in the very biceps of Sean Lowe. It will also bring you to a nifty little beach! Salvation is tropical. Is this Eden for our Christian lovebirds?! A sign from the notorious g.o.d. above that this love was heaven-sent to single-handedly save the life of AshLee. RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Home Is Where The Boring Lives As for the overnight dates, AshLee's not so morally into some of that sessual stuff and the social expectation that come with accepting one. She's real nervous and unsure about it, but Sean wants to put her at ease: just two girlfriends chattin' the night away! His intentions are NOBLE! Just like a Ken doll. But she doesn't want her family and her peoples to get it twisted: nothin' sexual is going down off-camera, America. SO get ya filthy, in-need-of-the-lord minds out of the gutter! Sean admits he knew from the beginning they would work out and build their relationship together. The term "work out" triggers a reactio in her brain that I can only imagine was like pushing a big red "ENGAGE" button. Because immediately upon those words she begins a bizarre, rapid-fire assault on Sean describing in explicit detail what sort of ring she wants (spoiler alert: it's very specific and very fancy) to be proposed with, and you can hear Sean's penis recoil into the deep, back recesses of his body. Game over, AshLee. Catherine's Date Catherine receives the highest honor, which is the luxury of going last. The last impression before the rose ceremony — not a bad thing to have, you know? They're on a boat drinking white wine and every 47 year old mother named Susan stares up at the TV and holds her glass of Pinot Grigio in the air, cheers-ing the happy couple and daydreaming of a time when that could've been them. Catherine and Sean spend much of this time opening up about their feelings and s**t. They both clearly love each other, and Sean  admits to thinking about her constantly. But can she, too, leave her life in Seattle and come to Dallas to be with him? Drop her career, her friends, her entire life (because who needs compromises, amirite?!) for a man? And what about all those things her sisters said? Well, Catherine explains that her friends know her better than her sisters when it comes to love and relationships. Sean is a smiling doofus for Catherine. You guys, there's no way she's not winning this thing: dude is glowing around her. He even tells her he could see himself marrying her. And that she (sorry, Lindsay) is his best friend. Oh damn — thems is fightin' words on this show! Talk quickly turns to the Fantasy Suite. Catherine explains that she didn't think she would say yes to going on one, because she wants to be seen as a lady and not some girl who gives out the goods off-camera. Sean assures her that his intentions involve, again, staying up all night holding hands and talking about hopes and dreams. No games of good touch, bad touch here, folks. He loves that she's so chaste! Jesus, the hoops these people are jumping through to not be seen as sexual beings. We get it! Most of America are a bunch of conservative baby jerks who don't seem to understand that intimacy is a part of all relationships (and usually happens much earlier in the real world, BE REAL). They're also super prudish and love to shame, shame, shame others. Who cares? Why are people so scandalized by the overnight dates? Oh, right, because sex is for after marriage, duh. Silly blogger!  But I get it, this is a family show, so it's not surprising that they don't show that stuff (nor would I expect them to, really), but the way that they attempt to express that so as to not offend the ears, is pretty hilarious. Rose Ceremony Sean wakes up, sans shirt but rife with confidence in his decision on who he needs to send home. And he is dreading telling her the truth. Because it's oh-so-clearly going to be AshLee and she is oh-so-clearly going to lose her ever-loving s**t. But Sean is in love! He admits it to our buddy Chris Harrison just prior to watching the private video messages the girls made for him. When AshLee's video begins, you can see on Sean's face the guilt he feels about sending her home. Especially because homegirl is LOSING IT right now declaring her love and devotion to Sean. It is a love that renders her a complete blubbering mess — all the more reason for Sean to start crying, his heart heavy with the grief of guilt. Oh, what a lost soul is he: stranded between a rock and a love place (which is also made of rock). So many rocks in love (just ask AshLee, or Brett Michaels)! She found love in a hopeless place, you guys.  RELATED: The Bachelor Recap: Never Let Them See You Sparkle There's a brief reminder that this elimination is really painful FOR SEAN, ESPECIALLY though — duh, insensitivos — because he was sent home by Emily Maynard at this point during his stint on The Bachelorette. And he's afraid he's going to blindside someone as much as he was blindsided. (Spoiler Alert: he is!) It's funny because Catherine looked completely convinced she was going home, and AshLee seemed quite focused on trying to control Sean's decision with her mind. After what felt like approximately 72 hours of dramatic elevator Muzak, Sean finally says it: and AshLee looks beyond pissed. Daggers. Literal, bloody, Game of Thrones-style daggers comin' out of this girls eyeballs right now. And without so much as a look in the other girls' direction, she walks away, demanding that Sean stay away from her (which of course he doesn't). This AshLee is stone-cold and iced over. She is guard up and out, arms-length and pissed as hell. She is pretty destroyed. "It's the ultimate reject," she sobs in the limo, turned away from camera (presumably to cry in the most amount of peace she's going to get). It prooooooooobably didn't help that Sean told her he thought it would be her from the get-go right before she got tossed into the limo. Love hurts. As for next week? It's time for the women to tell all. Tierrable returns! Lord, I am so pleased. What did you think of Sean's decision to send AshLee home? Let us know in the comments. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes. [Photo Credit: Wenn] From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 8 Iconic Red Carpet Dresses Get Makeovers — PICS
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 25, 2013
    When it comes to red carpet dressing, most stylists will tell you that their biggest dream is to create a look that stands the test of time. An icon. Because it is thanks to these stylists and the beautiful designs fashion's brightest stars create that truly weave together the story of a memorable red carpet moment.  But creating such a look is no easy task — the turn-over for fashion trends is incredibly fickle, and in one moment the thing that defined the dress could quickly turn into a dated fashion no-no. Timing, in fashion, is everything. So we've tasked some of the most talented fashion students around to imagine their own future greatness, but with a twist: re-create an iconic red carpet look from the past for 2013. Inspirations included famous dresses worn by Jennifer Lopez, Bjork, Lady Gaga, Julia Roberts, and more. RELATED: 15 of the Most Iconic Red Carpet Dresses of All Time So click the image below to check out our gallery of iconic red carpet upgrades, and see if you prefer the past, or the future, of fashion. Gallery: 8 Iconic Red Carpet Dresses Get Makeovers Do you think these sketches are red carpet-worthy? Sound off in the comments! Follow Alicia On Twitter @Alicialutes From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Adele at Oscars: Mixed Feelings Abound Over 'Skyfall' Performance
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 24, 2013
    You waited, you anticipated, and you were prepared to be bowled over by the goddess-like presence of Academy Award winner (feels good to say, doesn't it?) Adele at Sunday night's Oscars. What could go wrong? After all, reports from rehearsals were good and Adele is technically a superhuman given her Head Queen Goddess Boss Lady status. But sometimes, the pieces of the puzzle don't fall into place, and you're left wanting just a little bit more. We hate to say it, but somehow Adele was not living in the higher plane of existence during her Oscar performance. Which isn't to say that she was bad, at all. (She's perfect so there's no such thing as bad in her world.)  In her first televised performance since giving birth to her child, Adele belted out Skyfall's title track to the excitement of many. But from the second she stepped out on that Oscar stage (introduced by America's other favorite no-filter queen, Jennifer Lawrence), the emotional rollercoaster we were ready to board was not ready for us. The mix seemed to overpower Adele — an impressive feat considering the strength the singer holds in her incredible vocal chords — and she seemed visibly frustrated through the entirety. (The issue continued for the other Best Song nominee performance, Norah Jones.) RELATED: Oscars Musical Tribute: Better The Second Time Around? Or perhaps it was her dress — I mean, between that and the shoes, homegirl was wearing all of the sparkles. All of them. Something that originally made Adele quite nervous. On the red carpet, she quipped to ABC that "My dress weighs 15 kilos. It's so heavy!" Could the weight of her dress be not only weighing on her mind, but her diaphragm, causing breath support issues? Or is it just a simple case of stage fright? Something Adele has been quite open about suffering from for a long time. Adele remained a trooper regardless, and still managed to impress vocally. Though some may have found her performance slightly less emotional and impassioned than the bursting-at-the-seams rendition of Goldfinger performed by Shirley Bassey, we're still going to go ahead and say she nailed it overall. Not every performance is going to have the perfect heart-rendering, soul-destroying feel of every song off 21, you guys. RELATED: Shirley Bassey Does Goldfinger in 2013 Exactly Like Goldfinger in 1964 What did you think of the performance? Like it? Love it? Underwhelmed? Sound off in the comments! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP Photo] Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Arrivals: PICS! • Anne Hathaway: Oscar’s Worst Dressed?• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• Seth MacFarlane’s Opening: How’d He Do?• Oscar's Problem With Pretty Boys• What Happened to Renee Zellweger's Face?• Oscars 2013: The Full Winners List• The Winner, According to You
  • Bunch of Jerks on Twitter Don't Realize Robin Roberts Has Blood Disorder
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 24, 2013
    For those not living under a rock, Robin Roberts' battle with a rare blood disorder called MDS has been a public and courageous one. So when Roberts made her return to red carpet duty for tonight's Oscars, most people were incredibly supportive — and many more, still, were proud of her choice to wear her hair au natural. Unfortunately, there are still rocks out there under which a special brand of buffoon live. And, man, do they love social media! Taking their cluelessness on parade, these superficial ignoramouses seemed to miss the memo on ABC's Oscar anchor. Feel like getting angry? Read on to see just how offensive and awful the Internet can be. I'm sorry. RELATED: Shirley Bassey Does Goldfinger Woah, Robin Roberts! Probably should have kept the hair. Looking like a cancer patient. — Tyler Simpson (@Braintasm) February 25, 2013 I think Robin Roberts would be terrifying even if she had hair. #oscars — Charlie Brown (@howihatehim) February 25, 2013 Eww, robin Roberts couldn't even put on hair?? — Troy Powell (@tjpowell82) February 25, 2013 I am not a fan of Robin Roberts short hair choice. Its a tough hairstyle to pull off as a woman. #Oscars2013 #BestDressed — Brok Griffith (@plocktor) February 25, 2013 What's up with Robin Roberts' head. It's the oscars sweetheart, get some hair. — Richard Fassett (@ClaudetteRubin) February 25, 2013 @mygeektime eww, Robin Roberts couldn't even put on hair? — Troy Powell (@tjpowell82) February 25, 2013 robin roberts. one word "damn". she looks like a man. girl you gotta stop working on those arms and start working on your hair #Oscars — Desiree Meg (@Mokha_Dee) February 25, 2013 Who did Robin Roberts hair? Looks like shit #OscarRedCarpet — Dixie Lynn (@dixielynnelle) February 25, 2013 @jimnorton someone should tell Robin Roberts she looks horrible with short hair. I have no idea why she would shaved it — Brandon Irwin (@BrandnIrwin) February 25, 2013 Sorry Robin Roberts, Charlize owned the short hair look tonight. #RedCarpet #oscars — WristitRisto (@WristitRisto) February 25, 2013  RELATED: Seth MacFarlane's Oscar Opener: Half Showstopper, Half 'Family Guy,' All Musical [Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Getty Images] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Arrivals: PICS! • We Predict the Winners: Do You Agree?• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• The Worst Best Picture Winner Ever• Oscar's Problem With Pretty Boys• Why Stars Should Fear Seth MacFarlane• Oscars 2013: The Full Winners List• The Winner, According to You  
  • Quvenzhane Wallis Will Find Her Daddy Warbucks in 'Annie' Remake
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 24, 2013
    It looks like Daddy Warbucks has found his Annie in Beasts Of The Southern Wild star Quvenzhané Wallis. The girl with enough poodle purposes to stitch together a life-sized Sandy of her very own, the Oscar-nominated Wallis has been confirmed to as the new leading lady to tackle the little orphan in Will Smith's remake of the classic. Previously, Smith's daughter Willow was set to take on the golden-hearted inhabitant of Miss Hannigan's home for girls, but departed from the project earlier this year (presumably to whip her hair back and forth a bit longer). RELATED: 9 Questions About the 2013 Oscar Race But it wouldn't be a big-time remake without some other major names attached. Jada Pinkett-Smith is also on-hand to produce, alongside Sean (better known as Jay-Z) Carter. It seems only fitting Jay-Z would hop on board — given his own hard knock life and previously-confirmed affinity for the song with the same name. The film's director Will Gluck (Easy A) has taken another stab at screenplay re-writes after Emma Thompson and The Devil Wears Prada screenwriter Aline Brosh McKenna took a first and second stab at it, respectively. According to the official statement from Sony's President of Production Hannah Minghella, we're in for a real treat (times three): "Quvenzhané Wallis is a true star and we believe her portrayal as Annie will make her a true worldwide star. She is an extraordinary young talent with an amazing range, not only as an actress but as a singer and dancer, and we can’t wait for audiences to further discover her." RELATED: 'Beasts' Star Quvenzhane Wallis to Star in 'Annie' Remake? That's right, Wallis is one of those child stars who can act, sing, and dance! You can really learn it all in the Bathtub. Hushpuppy is a veritable force to be reckoned with. And if that wasn't enough, Wallis' bio proves further proof that she's both a child and a crazy-serious and impressive actress with the greatest of ease. Her bio from the press release lets us know that her "favorite pastimes are reading, singing, dancing, acting, and playing her iPod and Nintendo DS. Her favorite TV stars/singers are China McClain, Selena Gomez, and Miley Cyrus. Her favorite sports are basketball, volleyball, dance and cheerleading. Her upcoming films include a role in Twelve Years a Slave with Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender and director Steve McQueen." Oh, that's all? Annie is set to be released during the 2014 holiday movie season because of course it will. What do you think of Wallis' casting as Annie? Let us know in the comments! Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes [Photo Credit: WENN]  From Our Partners:25 Most Scandalous Celeb Twitpics (Vh1)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz) Oscars 2013 Special Coverage Oscars 2013 Red Carpet Arrivals: PICS! • We Predict the Winners: Do You Agree?• 15 Oscar-Winning Nude Scenes• The Worst Best Picture Winner Ever• Oscar's Problem With Pretty Boys• Why Stars Should Fear Seth MacFarlane• 10 TV Stars You Never Knew Won Oscars• The Winner, According to You  
  • Too Pretty for Oscar Gold: Is There a Male Double-Standard in Hollywood?
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 21, 2013
    It's really easy to talk about the issues that plague women in Hollywood. Why? Because there are so many steps that need to be taken before women and men have equal footing in the industry (or pretty much, you know, anywhere in life). But there may be instances in which Hollywood's obsession with female beauty benefits them: The Oscars. It's no industry secret that if a woman (especially a beautiful one) drastically changes her image for a dramatic role, she's almost assured to be in the running for Best Actress. What happens, though, when men held in similar esteem downgrade their looks for a leading role? Crickets, mostly. In fact, men who are often considered beautiful by society (read: women and gay men) have a mighty hard time getting their names on the winner's envelope when the Best Actor announcement comes around. So the question begs: does the Academy have a double standard on its hands? It sure seems that way. Or perhaps it goes back to the perception of women. "Women are supposed to be admired for what they look like," Linda Mizejewski, a professor of Women's, Gender, and Sexuality Studies at Ohio State University, says. "But if a man is admired for what he looks like, it's suspicious." Does this mean, then, that a looks-based value system creates such a double standard? Gasp! Impossible! Only it's completely logical when you break it down: our society places an incredibly high value on female beauty, but peg a veritable smörgåsbord of "weak" traits as distinctly feminine. As Mizejewski says, we can value women for their looks, but a man is "feminized" as soon as we consider his beauty a valuable asset. In the less-than-immortal-but-still-terribly-apt words of "What It Feels Like For A Girl" by Madonna, "Girls can wear jeans and cut their hair short / Wear shirts and boots / 'Cause it's okay to be a boy / But for a boy to look like a girl is degrading / 'Cause you think that being a girl is degrading." If you look at the past 10 years, the Best Actress category is rife with women who have altered (sometimes quite drastically) their sexy image in the name of nailing the character: Charlize Theron in Monster. Nicole Kidman in The Hours. Kate Winslet in The Reader. Marion Cotillard in La Vie En Rose. Hilary Swank in Million Dollar Baby AND Boys Don't Cry. Heck even Meryl Streep did it for The Iron Lady. And that doesn't even include the bevy of women that underwent major transformations who were simply nominated (Hello, Albert Nobbs). RELATED: Why 2012 Was Not The Year of The Woman While it is safe to say that the majority of these performances were worthy of their accolades and awards, the fact that these women undermined traditional beauty on the big screen is no doubt a large reason why they get so much acclaim. "For women in movies, their main job is to look good. That's the standard expectation." says Mizejewski. The professor suggests that when these women go against the grain and are willing to drop the glamor, "we pay a lot more attention to that as 'serious acting.'" But how many men have been given the same treatment in the Best Actor category? Look at those leading men who haven't won a Best Actor Oscar but are widely considered to be incredibly nice to look at in their face and body regions: Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Michael Fassbender, and Ryan Gosling. Similarly to the women mentioned above, every single one of these men have gone to extensive lengths to either downplay or cover-up their pretty boy looks in the name of methodical acting. Yet they've all been left out of the nomination pool when the big dance comes to town. The men listed are not just attractive — many of them are straight-up locker fodder. They're not just handsome (like recent Oscar winners Colin Firth and Jean Dujardin), they're beautiful. They're pretty boys who have been pinned onto the walls of screaming and hysterical fans (often of the teen girl variety) for at least part of their careers. With that level of fandom fueling your career, it's often difficult to be considered a contender. "People always tend to take you less seriously if you're really, really good looking," says Professor Will Akers, film department chair at Belmont University and author of Your Screenplay Sucks: 100 Ways To Make It Great.  Especially in a world as superficial as Hollywood, "because people will assume you got your success just because you're handsome." The stigma lies between whether or not the audience considers these men "actors’ actors" or "movie stars," a differentiation that seems quite defined by looks itself. "Being a 'movie star' means being handsome and interesting on screen," Akers says. An actors’ actor, on the other hand, is someone who provides less box office bang, and more artful storytelling unconcerned with the masses' bucks. It's a problem that plagued Pitt following his Oscar-nominated turn in 12 Monkeys. A perma-topper on many a person's Sexiest Man Ever list, Pitt has always been better suited for character work rather than the mushy leading man territory he frequently falls into. Many laud Pitt's performance in 12 Monkeys as one of his best, and felt he was snubbed in his loss to Kevin Spacey that year. But it seems as though the stigma attached to Pitt's pretty boy good looks is almost subconsciously ingrained. "As soon as you say Brad Pitt, you think 'well he’s just the most handsome man on the planet. He's definitely a movie star [as opposed to an actors' actor],'" says Akers. "But that's a stupid thing to say, because he's such a gifted actor." It's important to look at his body of work rather than, say, his body. RELATED: 10 Actors Who Won Oscars For The Wrong Movies But perhaps the most snubbed actor of all is DiCaprio, who has tried in vain to scrub away his image as teen dream pretty boy. He's the Susan Lucci of the Oscars. Thanks to Titanic, we'll probably never let go (to make up for the fact that Rose did) of 90s-era DiCaprio. And maybe Oscar voters can't either. DiCaprio is widely regarded as one of the best actors in the industry. His work in The Aviator and Blood Diamond earned him nominations, but he was shut out of a nod on The Departed (perhaps the most shocking snub of all), Revolutionary Road, Gangs Of New York, and Catch Me If You Can. Losses all around. No wonder he packed on the play-doh for J. Edgar. It's almost as if the way in which women (and some men, too) objectified him sexually as he came up in the business has left a permanent mark on his back.  Look at Albert Finney or Cary Grant — even a Peter O'Toole — all widely-regarded actors who never took home the gold, despite their attempts. And when you look at someone like Jeff Bridges — a veritable force in the industry over the past 40 years — it seems absurd that it took him until 2010 to nab an Oscar of his very own. It wasn't until his face caught up to the slightly grizzled characters he was born to play that the Academy finally took notice. It's as if shiny pretty things blind them, and they can only see the talent after the glow has dulled. For men, it's get old and prosper (compared to women, where the goal is to stay young forever).  When examining the Best Actor winners from the past 10 years — Adrien Brody, Sean Penn, Jamie Foxx, Philip Seymour Hoffman, Forest Whitaker, Daniel Day-Lewis, Sean Penn (again!), Jeff Bridges, Firth, and Dujardin — all are certainly handsome in their own right, but are hardly pretty boy heartthrobs (even if Firth will always be Mr. Darcy to us). Some have described their looks as classic, Romanesque, hard-worn, or even ugly. Nary a pretty boy in the bunch. But what makes a pretty boy? "Someone with somewhat effeminate features: hairless [body] but with good hair, dimples but with chiseled cheekbones, nice eyes with full eyelashes, and slender but with strapping shoulders," says James Ramey, director of the Fusion Fashion Show competition in New York City. And there's the buzz word, folks: effeminate. The word is widely characterized as a being derogatory in nature (just check any dictionary), which is not only offensive to women (what's wrong with being like a lady?), but also gives the Sean Penns and Jeff Bridges and Forest Whitakers of the world a bit of an advantage — at least in perception. "It’s OK for [a woman] to just have value for her looks, but for a man to have value for his looks, it sounds like he's feminized ... and to be pretty is to be feminine, which is a lower status," says Mizejewski. And if the past Best Actor and Best Actress winners prove anything, it's that the Oscars love a face with character and distinct qualities that carry emotional weight differently than their pretty counterparts. RELATED: Leonardo DiCaprio To Take 'Long, Long Break' From Acting It is probably safe to say that Ben Affleck wasn’t snubbed in the Oscar’s Best Director category because of his six-pack abs — no matter how much Fox News might try to tell you otherwise. But it's interesting to think that an industry so integral in fostering society’s obsession with beauty and perfection — and one that all but demands idolatry from its fans — would then shun those that possess both talent and looks. Sure it’s easy to demand a separation of the two in the name of awarding the most worthy, but is it possible? Especially when there's so much stacked up against those that fall on the other side of the 'attractive' line. It’s a superficial problem that befalls incredibly successful, attractive men for a seemingly superficial thing (awards). So should anyone care? Well, if we're not constantly trying to hold ourselves to a higher and fairer standard in all aspects of life, how are we supposed to find fairness across the board? Maybe when we stop associating 'pretty' with 'femininity' and in turn that with 'weakness,' society will have made a step in the right direction overall. More equality is never a bad thing. Do you think there's a double standard? 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  • Will Arnett Cast In CBS Pilot: R.I.P. 'Up All Night'?
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 20, 2013
    The dream was nice while it lasted, but it might be time for Up All Night to close up shop, officially. First, Christina Applegate announced her departure, then there was news that Maya Rudolph was pregnant: and now comes news from The Hollywood Reporter that the third and final star of NBC's troubled series, Will Arnett, has been tapped for a pilot at CBS. Up All Night, we appreciate your verve, your zest for life and to persevere above all else — but it might be time to throw in the towl. For good. RELATED: What's Behind Christina Applegate's Up All Night Exit? The as-yet-untitled project was written and executive produced by Greg Garcia, creator of such shows as Raising Hope and My Name Is Earl. It is said that the multi-camera comedy appealed to Arnett (over several others that were reportedly courting him) given its parallels to his own life. It tells the story of Jack (Arnett), a recently divorced man whose life gets all a-screwy when his own parents end up having martial problems at the same time. Oh, the humanity! RELATED: Is Maya Rudolph's Pregnancy The End of Up All Night? While the Garcia project is still officially playing second fiddle to Arnett's obligations at Up All Night, it sure feels like as good a time as any for NBC to let it go gently into that good night. How many more nails do you need in this coffin anyway, you guys? It was fun while it lasted, at least we'll always have that. has reached out for comment, but did not hear back at the time of publication. Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes From Our Partners:'Warm Bodies' Nicholas Hoult as Young Han Solo? (Moviefone)40 Most Revealing See-Through Red Carpet Looks (Vh1)
  • The Dos and Don'ts of Dating from 'The Mindy Project': When You Have a Minute
    By: Alicia Lutes Feb 20, 2013
    Is there anything more embarrassing than a bad Rolf impression? On this week's The Mindy Project, embarrassment is the name of the game. Dr. Lahiri has submitted an advertisement on Taxi TV called the Women's Health Minute and it's driving everyone in Manhattan mad. Everyone, of course, except for the local news folks! So they ask her to do the segment on-air. Only thanks to an overly-sarcastic-yet-concerned pregnant patient (Drea DeMatteo), she misses the segment and Dr. Castellano in all his unfettered awkward glory must fill in with a stumbly, bumbly introduction to UTI prevention for women.  RELATED: The Dos and Dont's of Dating — When It's Valentine's Day So what did we learn from all of this (plus the painful return of Beverly, who's now elevated herself from cranky sexual weirdo to full on bigoted, technological neophyte with a tendency towards creepy sexual harrassment)? Well, the Midwives With Attitude are doing serious business. But there are lessons to be learned from all of this! Roll that beautiful bean footage (also known as the dos and don'ts of dating)! Don't Disrespect Erica Everywoman — She's just a little underinformed about women's health. Do Focus On Trying To Make The Future Less Disastrous — It's a general rule of thumb that less disastrous the life, the better. Do Wash Your Hands — No exceptions. Don't Listen to Tosh.0. — Nothing he says is a compliment, ever. RELATED: The Dos and Don'ts of Dating — When You're Breaking Up Don't Be Afraid Of Redemption — Victory is yours! Do Ride Out Humiliation — One day you'll find your Kanye! Don't Answer Texts From Dicks — You're better than the jerk who doesn't get the picture. Do Say How You Feel — But just know, you could've been like everyone else and shouted it from the bus. What'd you think of this week's episode of The Mindy Project? Sound off in the comments. [Image Credit: Beth Dubber/FOX] Follow Alicia on Twitter @alicialutes