Kelsea Stahler
Celebrity Editor Kelsea Stahler was born in a pile of dirt. Okay, she was actually born in an old Naval hospital in San Diego, which then became a pile of dirt and remained as such for a number of years before becoming a parking lot perfectly sized for circus tents, and finally a museum. She eventually left San Diego to attend New York University, where she studied Journalism and English literature — two less-than profitable liberal arts degrees about which guidance counselors warned her. Against all odds, she now resides in Brooklyn, where she fights the constant fear that the locals will soon discover she isn’t quite cool enough to live there, and makes a living writing absurd, pop culture features about Batman, zombies, vampires, funny people, and Ron Swanson.
  • Emma Stone AND Jon Hamm Slated To Spice Up 'SNL' (UPDATED)
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 17, 2010
    There was a time when I would forgo Saturday night social activity to soak up every second of the once-great Saturday Night Live (SNL). I waited patiently for the mid-show treat – my favorite – Weekend Update with Tina Fey (on whom I have a shameless girl-crush). Though Tracy Morgan wasn’t always on-point, I could always find a spot in my heart for Brian Fellow’s Safari Planet. Then there was an extra layer of comedy goodness: the chance to see some of our favorite celebrities making fools of themselves. Of course, some the best episodes surprised us all with a Justin Timberlake-esque comedic upstaging of the entire cast. That’s what I’m hoping for this season, as the husky, hilarious redhead, Emma Stone, enlists in the hosting ranks. This season’s outlook is a bit dismal, SNL is down two cast members: Will Forte and Jenny Slate (who is the true loss if you ask me). There’s a bit of speculation around Slate’s departure, but maybe producer Lorne Michaels was just a little miffed that Slate’s little, viral video provided more laughs that the entire last season of SNL. Whatever the reason, it doesn’t bode well for the show; that’s why we’ve got to depend on some killer celebrity guests to bring the laughs. Enter Emma Stone. She may be young and new to the game, but she’s been making us chuckle since she confidently played opposite Jonah Hill’s disgusting, but lovable character in Superbad. Though her new flick, Easy A, looks like a typical high school romp, casting Stone as the star saves it from the fates of other terrible tween RomComs. In other words, she rocks. And Stone is in more than good company at SNL; she joins the able ranks of the other hilarious people slated to host. This year, we can look forward to returning to that antisocial Saturday night ritual because SNL has snagged not one, but three other heavyweights – Bryan Cranston, Amy Poehler, and Jane Lynch. With a roster like that, I actually can’t wait for SNL to start back up. When’s the last time you heard someone say that? UPDATE: Jon Hamm is also signed-on to lend his debonair style and devastatingly handsome face to the comedy show for a third time. Maybe he'll go shirtless again; despite the awful hair and smooth jazz sax, I'd still like to see the return of...Sergio. If they keep adding killer guest hosts to their roster, I may just have to give up Saturday night socializing all season. Sources: New York Magazine, The Hollywood Reporter
  • David Fincher Talks Multiple Movie Deal With MRC
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 16, 2010
    The Social Network hasn’t even hit theaters yet, but director David Fincher already has a reason for celebration (well, almost anyway). He’s in talks with MRC Studios (who brought us Babel, Brüno, and this month’s Devil) to produce a crop of new films. Details are sparse at the moment, and they’ve yet to actually put ink to paper, but it looks like Fincher will get to put his own spin on at least two films as part of the deal. Though Fincher is gearing up for The Social Network’s release in October - and I’ll reluctantly admit that a full-length movie about a social network that we all spend hours on in our everyday lives could actually be good - I’m ready for some classic Fincher. Here’s hoping that this deal leads him down a darker road towards another Seven, Zodiac, or Fight Club. M. Night Shymalan recently penned a similar deal with MRC, allowing him to produce his series, The Night Chronicles (Devil is the first of that trilogy). From the looks of this series, MRC is heading for deep, dark, and downright creepy (or at least I hope) projects. If this is any indication of their direction for the Fincher deal, we could be looking at his departure from drama and a dive back into the dastardly. But even if my little hopes are crushed, there’s always Fincher’s next project: The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo. There’s no way this one won’t give us a chilling glimpse of the dark side. Mysterious disappearances, heaps of connected unsolved murders, dark family secrets and David Fincher? Yes, please. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
  • Jon Stewart Will Face Bill O'Reilly Once Again
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 16, 2010
    Alright kids, get ready. It’s that time again. Jon Stewart is returning to Fox News to go head-to-head with long-time network heavyweight, Bill O’Reilly. Both times that Stewart has gone up against the hot-headed news commentator, the result was wonderfully explosive – with each side relentlessly pelting the other with as many pointed questions as they could muster, and firing back with even tougher retorts. As The Daily Show refuses to ease up on its criticism of the major news network, there’s no way that Stewart’s Sept. 22 O’Reilly Factor appearance and O’Reilly’s turn on the Sept. 27 episode of The Daily Show will disappoint. Remember last February? The beloved political satirist entered Papa Bear’s den, and turned O’Reilly’s best attempts to corner him upside down, seizing the reins of the interview. Stewart dealt some significant blows, including calling O’Reilly out as the sanest person at Fox and capping it off with the caveat that being the sanest person at Fox is like “being the thinnest kid at fat camp.” This time around, Stewart braves the wrath of O’Reilly in order to promote his new book, the not-so-cleverly named Earth (The Book), and if the past teaches us anything, this will be far more than just a simple stop on a book tour. If you’re like me, the prospect of another Stewart-O’Reilly showdown makes you giddier than a little schoolgirl, but it also brings up a sizable question. Stewart’s done the O’Reilly thing already, and there’s another big name cruisin’ for a Stewart-style brusin’. Hello! What about Glenn Beck? The Daily Show only pokes fun at his antics in almost every, single episode. And Beck’s even game enough (or naïve enough – I still can’t really tell) to feature Stewart’s biting criticisms on his latest book’s cover. Come on, guys; how about a face-to-face debate already? Maybe someday. Until that glorious day comes (if it ever comes), I guess we’ll have to settle for another round of the Stewart-O’Reilly face-off. No, it’s not ground-breaking. Yes, it has been done before. But, it was so deliciously epic the last two times, that I for one can’t wait to see what goes down this time around. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
  • Idol Takes Auditions to MySpace
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 16, 2010
    Remember MySpace? Well Fox sure does. They even entrusted the dinosaur of a social networking site with an online contest for their ratings darling and pop culture sensation, Glee, earlier this year. Participants uploaded videos of themselves belting (and sometimes screeching) out a cappella tunes from a carefully-selected list of songs in hopes of becoming the next Glee star. Apparently, Fox is a fan of recycling, because they just launched an almost identical contest for American Idol. Idol is losing ground fast; three judges quit after last season and the show is plagued with pitiful ratings. They’ve tried a few new strategies to keep the show relevant, including dropping the age limit to 15 years old. After 10 years on air, Idol producers are scrambling for a way to freshen up the old singing contest and what better way than to go back in time with an increasingly irrelevant social site? Contestants no longer have to schlep to one of the select locations and camp out in terrifyingly long lines to audition for Idol; they can do it from the comfort of their own homes. Add to that a required song list that includes some ridiculous tunes to choose from including “Achy Breaky Heart,” “Dream Weaver,” “Copacabana” and my personal favorite: “Freebird.” It’s painstakingly obvious that some of these songs are included as little landmines for Idol hopefuls, sure to expose the hopeful singers to that special brand of Idol embarrassment. (Come on, can anyone really show off a serious set of pipes with “Ballroom Blitz?”) This is going to get ugly. I’d almost rather let the new judges run a Tosh.0-style commentary on the worst-of-the-worst video auditions than wait to see who gets through to face the judges. Source:    
  • Kim Kardashian Drops 100k on Purses
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 16, 2010
    Spotted: a voluptuous E! star and her mother trotting through the streets of Paris in an attempt to out-do S and B’s shopping spree on this week’s Gossip Girl premiere. That’s right, Kim Kardashian is rollin’ in it, and she wants everyone to know. Kim and her mother, Kris Jenner, stopped by the fashion capital’s Hermes boutique and ran up a tab of over $100,000. It would seem that the Kardashian family isn’t having any trouble keeping up. And the former Reggie Bush flame was buying just any designer bags. Nope. All that dough and the mother-daughter duo stacked up only 7 bags. How? Kim and Kris walked out with a slew of the sacred “Birkin” bags, retailing for $10,000 a piece. (That’s enough to buy 9 or 10 of Marc Jacobs’ latest bags, for those of you who can’t do fashion math.) Even Sex and The City’s hotshot Samantha Jones couldn’t get her hands on a single Birkin without shamelessly dropping names (and a few little lies) – after all, “It’s not a bag, it’s a fucking Birkin!” But it still doesn’t add up. How did they cross $100,000 finish line? Leave it to Kim’s crowning glory – an extremely rare, crocodile-skin Birkin with a hefty price tag: $30,000. For that kind of cash, you’d think the bag would come with its own matching pet crocodile. But, I guess it’s no problem when your claim to fame (and fortune) is being a part of one of L.A.’s wealthiest families. Oh, there’s, like, a recession? What’s that? Source: TMZ
  • E! To Debut New Bridal Plastic Surgery Competition
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 16, 2010
    Guys, clearly, we need more shows that pander to stereotypical female fantasies. There simply aren’t enough women on television marrying millionaires, planning lavish weddings, crying over wedding dresses, getting extreme makeovers and tearing each other’s hair out in cut-throat competitions – oh wait, I just described most of the programming on Bravo, TLC and Oxygen. Despite a plethora of shows that have already tapped into this saturated market, E! has decided that they’re going for the gold, combining all the elements of female vanity into one neat little package. Enter Bridoplasty, the newest addition to the E! family. In case you plan on giving the network the benefit of the doubt, don’t. The new show is exactly what it sounds like, brides-to-be compete in wedding-themed challenges (planning the perfect honeymoon, writing the perfect vows, blah, blah, blah) to win plastic surgery procedures from their “wish lists.” But just wait, there’s more. The gaggle of gals will cat-fight each week for a new procedure, allowing some of them to work through their wish lists in hopes of reaching the ultimate goal: becoming “the perfect bride.” Okay, okay. Part of being the perfect bride includes winning a dream wedding – a totally acceptable goal - but it also includes keeping the winner’s husband-to-be in the dark right up until the I-dos. (Because, I mean, what kind of dream-wedding-makeover-reality-competition would it be without a big, shocking reveal?) From the looks of the show’s three producers, E! News’ Giuliana Rancic (formerly DePandi), Mark Cronin, and Cris Abrego (The Surreal Life, Rock of Love), this show promises to be as ridiculous as it sounds. Add to that celebrity surgeon Terry Dubrow of Fox’s The Swan and host Shana Moakler (who’s famously married to Blink 182 drummer, Travis Barker) and you’ve got a recipe for one un-classy bridal competition. Ladies, is this what we’ve come to? It wasn’t enough to witness New Jersey housewives throwing tables, extreme plastic surgery makeovers, slap fights, and Bridezillas terrorizing their families; now we’ve got to throw them all into one big basket-o-crazy. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
  • Gaga Gets Grilled About Her Meat-Strip Dress
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 13, 2010
    The unstoppable force that is Lady Gaga claimed her final moon man at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards draped head-to-toe in something resembling giant meat strips, and she topped the whole ensemble off with what I can only explain as an uncooked porterhouse pinned to her silvery blue coif. Cute, right? Yeah, not so much. But the fashion police weren’t the only ones hot on Gaga’s trail after she debuted the look. She was already in trouble with PETA over her infamous meat-bikini-clad cover of Japanese Vogue, and this time, it was someone else’s turn to call her out. Ellen Degeneres, a vegan and avid animal rights supporter, questioned Gaga’s wardrobe choice in an interview on her show's Sept. 13 season premiere. Gaga said she didn’t mean to disrespect vegetarians and vegans – and I believe her. Come on, she doesn’t have time to consider who she may be offending, she’s Lady Gaga. And honestly, only someone who’s got her head that high up in the clouds could pull off wearing a giant silver lobster on her forehead in public. It’s the second part of her explanation that has me rolling my eyes. She told Degeneres that the outfit signified her belief that “…if we don't stand up for what we believe in and if we don't fight for our rights ... pretty soon we're going to have as much rights as the meat on own bones. And, I am not a piece of meat.” Not a piece of meat? Yeah, right. Remember this, Miss Germanotta? Let’s be real here for a second. I still have a hand-shaped red mark on my forehead from the smack I gave myself upon seeing Gaga’s hot-plate couture. If you ask me, that’s the real reason she wore it. I don’t buy her last-minute, uninspired (and fairly nonsensical) explanation. Simply put, that dress is just a Prime cut of shock and awe. Source: The Hollywood Reporter
  • New Judge JLo Demands Diva Treatment from 'Idol'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 13, 2010
    Her love may not cost a thing, but a few snarky comments on television’s most famous singing contest sure will. Jennifer Lopez will earn $12 million as a judge on the next season of American Idol – and that’s a $3 million cut from her original demands. I mean, really? What’s left of the show without Simon Cowell’s cantankerous commentary? (It’s the only thing that kept me tuned in on Tuesday nights.) Despite the show’s drooping ratings, fans have been buzzing around the topic of replacement judges on Idol since this year’s lackluster group started their journeys toward Idol-dom back in January. With Cowell, Ellen DeGeneres, and Kara Dioguardi all out next season, Randy Jackson stands alone with a handful of empty judges’ seats. That’s where JLo comes in. It’s reported that Lopez and her on-again-off-again manager, Benny Medina, went full metal diva, insisting that Fox dole out an unheard of all-inclusive deal for her. She’s said to have asked for a guaranteed “go” movie and TV pilots on Fox in addition to an already hefty paycheck. It was rumored that her outlandish demands caused Fox to kick her to the curb, but longtime Idol producer, Nigel Lythgoe, squashed that bit of gossip and it looks like she’s back on track. I can’t blame the girl. Fresh off her expulsion from Sony Music’s label, Epic Records, last Winter, it only makes sense that she’d try to squeeze as much as she could from the Idol deal. She may be rolling in cash from her past, but Jenny from the Block isn’t ready to give up on future green. McMansions and bubble-wrap dresses don’t grow on trees, you know. Will all this back and forth be worth Fox’s while? If it’s going to work, Lopez is going to have to drum up some of that famous Bronx attitude and gives us a fresh take on the role of the judge-we-all-love-to-hate. If she Paul Abduls this job, I’m out. You don’t pay a Bronx girl 12 million big ones for sunshine and rainbows. Source: Deadline.
  • Matthew McConaughey Takes On 'Killer Joe'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 13, 2010
    Matthew McConaughey can’t undo the damage of his last few films - Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, Fool's Gold, Surfer, Dude…the list goes on - but he can try to make us forget them. His plan? Ditching the RomCom circuit and diving into darker fare as the lead in Voltage Pictures’ new black comedy, Killer Joe. Based off of Tracy Letts’ 1994 stage play, the story follows a full-time cop and part-time hired killer, as he carries out a plot hatched by a few greedy Texans to kill off the family matriarch for insurance money. Surprise, surprise - McConaughey will get to show off that famous slow, southern drawl. Emile Hirsch, who’s bitten off a few hearty roles including supporting Sean Penn’s Harvey Milk and taking the lead in Into the Wild, will play the young greedy Texan to McConaughey’s Killer Joe. It’s really no surprise that he’d play the serious evildoer to McConaughey’s hired killer, since Hirsch has made a name for himself with a slew of serious parts, even opting for the somber side as the lead in Speed Racer. It looks like this role won’t take him too far away from that comfort zone. Director William Friedkin brings his signature style of intrigue to the plate, hopefully redeeming him from a few recent stints as a guest director for two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. The big question lies with Killer Joe himself. Though McConaughey has graced the silver screen since he was scamming on high school girls in Dazed and Confused, he’s relied on his tan, abs, and two-time “Sexiest-Man-Alive” status to carry him for the last few years. Here’s hoping he brings the crazy – you know, that wide-eyed, maniacal gaze partnered with his jittery, overly-ecstatic delivery – and this Killer Joe may just be, well … killer. Source: Deadline
  • 'Dragon Tattoo' Girl Snags 'Sherlock Holmes 2'
    By: Kelsea Stahler Sep 13, 2010
    Sherlock Holmes can’t help but charm legions of ladies, and word has it we can soon add another babe to his list. Warner Bros. Sherlock Holmes 2 will feature Robert Downey Jr.’s swoon-worthy leading man stumbling around the dank London streets alongside a new leading lady, breakout star Noomi Rapace. The actress garnered acclaim for her performance in the Swedish film, The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. It seems the Holmes gears are shifting this time around, so don’t expect a reincarnation of Rachel McAdams’ brash and brazen beauty. Instead of throwing punches at grown men in back alleys and tying Holmes to his own hotel bed, Rapace will reportedly bring some mystery to the tale, possibly playing a French gypsy according to The Hollywood Reporter. No word yet on whether or not Downey Jr. will be wooing Rapace’s shady lady. While Rapace’s lead will undoubtedly change things up for the franchise, don’t panic. We can look forward to seeing a few familiar faces in the next installment. Guy Ritchie returns as director, promising even more slow-motion fight sequences and giving us a few sweet moments to enjoy Downey Jr.’s arsenal of facial expressions and each crippling blow in its full glory. Most importantly, Jude Law fan-girls can rest easy. (And I mean, really, who doesn’t love that chiseled face?) Law will return as Watson, keeping Downey Jr.’s eccentric sleuth on track and adding that gratuitous, but oh-so welcome, dose of dashing good looks. Production starts later this year, and while much of the anticipated plotline is still under heavy lock and key, the game is definitely afoot. Ritchie wet our appetites with a shadowy glimpse of Holmes’ arch-nemesis, Professor Moriarty, in 2009’s Sherlock Holmes, and it doesn’t look like he plans to leave us hanging. We’ll get healthy dose of the villain when he and Holmes face off in the sequel, which may or may not have already cast Daniel Day-Lewis as the enigmatic evil-doer. As for Rapace, this is her first English-language role, and it looks to be a good one. She’s got some serious chops already, and even if she doesn’t manage to bring it onscreen, Downey Jr’s got enough panache in his pinky to make up for it. Source: The Hollywood Reporter