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.
  • 'Pitch Perfect 2' Will Arrive in 2015, But a New 'Cups' Video Arrives Now
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 16, 2013
    It's not about the money (money, money), it's about bringing the world more choral harmonies and glee club dance moves. Duh. Rejoice, all you Pitch Perfect fiends: Universal announced at CinemaCon in Las Vegas that Pitch Perfect 2 is a very real thing.  The sequel announcement couldn't have come at a more opportune moment (and you can bet that's just the way they planned it): Rebel Wilson just hosted the MTV Movie Awards where she and her Pitch Perfect pals delivered a highly anticipated reunion onstage. Then, the director's cut of Anna Kendrick's "Cups" video (below) hit the Web this morning. And we all thought it was arbitrary. Nope: marketing genius at work, folks.  The head of Universal also added that the original writer Kay Cannon will be returning, so you can expect the same chuckle-worthy lines from Wilson and the same snarky quips from Kendrick. Of course, the minds at are so ahead of the curve, that we already picked the brains of the entire cast for their sequel ideas before the original Pitch Perfect even hit theaters. You're welcome.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Rebel Wilson and 'Pitch Perfect' Cast on Aca-Sequel IdeasHow Did Rebel Wilson Do at the MTV Movie Awards?Rebel Wilson Better Not Be Joking About Being in 'The Hunger Games' Movies From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Alison Brie Needs To Work on Her Grumpy Cat Impression — VIDEO
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 16, 2013
    Alison Brie, you may be adorable, but you're no Grumpy Cat. The Mad Men star (whose character is having a rather kickass week, we might add) kindly participated in a video for in which Paul F. Tompkins had her perform a series of popular memes with her wildly expressive Disney princess face. Sure, she couldn't quite match the cuddly distaste for all living things the way Miss Grumpy Cat herself can, but we've got to hand it to her: her Unflattering Beyoncé impression is scarily accurate. That one photo of Beyoncé that Beyoncé's publicist tried to make disappear from the Internet better watch out. There's a new sideways snarl in town.  Enjoy all the adorable, giggly meme-ification below. And yes, you're going to love Brie even more.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Alison Brie Raps About 'Community''Mad Men' Predictor: Here's What They're Going to Say Next'Mad Men' Recap: Don Draper is a Whore  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'Game of Thrones' Breaks Its Own Ratings Record
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 16, 2013
    Game of Thrones is like Daenerys' growing dragons, getting bigger and more intimidating each day. And with the third episode of Season 3, the HBO series broke its own ratings record, hitting a whopping 4.7 million viewers in its first showing and 5.8 million viewers for the whole evening — and this episode didn't even have a nippelectomy! Basically, next time you roll your eyes at your coworkers chattering about Winterfell and White Walkers and a bunch of other fantasy nonsense you know nothing about, just think about these rising ratings and realize you should probably just give in.  And if the peer pressure isn't enough, there's always this.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'Game of Thrones' Recap: Walk of Punishment'Game of Thrones' Recap: Dark Wings and Dark WordsElaborate 'Game of Thrones' Sex Fantasy Posted on Craigslist  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • 'Ninja Turtles' Finds Its Master Splinter in a 'Seinfeld' Alum: What's the Deal With That?
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 16, 2013
    The pizza's almost ready, so to speak. The Michael Bay-produced,  Ninja Turtles (which had better not lose the turtles' penchant for pizza-gobbling) are assembled and now they've got their fearless leader. Seinfeld alum Danny Woodburn has been cast as their trusty rat sensei Master Splinter, Deadline reports. Seinfeld fans will recognize Woodburn as Mickey Abott, Kramer's sometimes sidekick with a short fuse, but Woodburn's also been seen in recent flicks like Mirror, Mirror alongside Lily Collins as one of the Seven Dwarves. Of course, we can't count on necessarily seeing Woodburn's familiar mug in the new hybrid live-action/CG flick because, well, he's playing a giant rat who imparts his martial arts knowledge on a group of four giant turtles growing up in the sewers. Maybe we'll be able to sense it's him in the way that the little hairs on Splinter's face bristle in the nonexistent sewer breeze? Joining Woodburn in the faceless game are the already announced Raphael, Donatello, Michaelangelo, and Leonardo: Catching Fire's Alan Ritchson, character actor Jeremy Howar, Shameless' Noel Fisher, and newbie Peter Plozek. And don't forget, dudes, Megan Fox will definitely be showcasing her pretty face and all its alluring features as April O'Neil, no CG necessary. Now that the turtles have their leader, it's starting to feel like it's all really coming together, but until we see the final product, we're going to have to reserve our penchant for putting an exclamation point on the end of "Cowabunga, dudes." We've been burned before.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'Ninja Turtles' Casts Three of Its TurtlesMegan Fox as Our April O'Neil: Is This Our Feminist Hero?'Catching Fire' Alum Snags Raphael Role in 'Ninja Turtles'  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Genius or Crazy? 'Great Gatsby' Star Carey Mulligan Says Her Daisy is Part Kardashian
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 15, 2013
    Most Great Gatsby aficionados might balk at the idea of comparing any of F. Scott Fitzgerald's characters to a reality star known initially for her sex tape and more recently for carrying the child of Kanye West. But when Carey Mulligan compared her take on her Gatsby character Daisy Buchanan to Kim Kardashian, she might have actually had a point.   Mulligan told Vanity Fair that much like Fitzgerald, who infused the women in his life into his female characters, she incorporated the writer's wife, Zelda Fitzgerald into what she calls her "Daisy cocktail" in addition to the notes of Ginevra King (Daisy's real-life inspiration of record and Fitzgerald's object of affection in his youth). But it's the piece of Zelda that Mulligan honed in on that's got people talking. The actress says, 'I seem always curiously interested in myself, and it’s so much fun to stand off and look at me. . . .' That’s a direct Zelda quote. It’s that kind of feeling: I’m-so-little-and-there’s-nothing-to-me, watch-me-have-nothing-to-me. She feels like she’s living in a movie of her own life. She’s constantly on show, performing all the time. Nothing bad can happen in a dream. You can’t die in a dream. She’s in her own TV show. She’s like a Kardashian. At first the correlation sounds scandalous, but it's not a particularly unfitting association considering Daisy's tendancy to look no further than her own nose. Despite Daisy's light, effervescent exterior, throughout the course of the novel we learn that her beguiling looks hide her emptiness. This beautiful, entrancing appearance with an underlying lack of substance is quite consistent with popular opinion surrounding the Kardashian sisters. However accurate or inaccurate that image is in real life, it certainly lends itself to Daisy.  While Daisy's violent actions by the novel's end (and presumably that of the film — "spoiler" alert) aren't anything we've ever seen from our most hallowed reality vixens, it's her manner that allows the comparison. Much like Zelda (in her mind) and Kardashian (in reality), Daisy's life is very much "The Daisy Show." As far as she sees it, she's the star of the West Egg realm and if there were cameras, they'd be trained on her. As the story unfolds and her idyllic love affair with Gatsby is broken down to its harsh, unflattering truths, Daisy's true colors show. It's an instance not unlike the accusations of fraud and deception swirling around Kardashian as her divorce from her onetime Reality TV prince, Kris Humphries, becomes final.  Now, if we get to Baz Luhrmann's Gatsby in May and we find Daisy making records of sexual escapades with D-list musicians or allegedly getting sponsors for her wedding of the century or dating one of the most famous rappers in the world, we can all start crying foul. But that's not going to happen and for the most part, Mulligan's got it right: if Daisy were a woman of 2013, she'd very likely be like a Kardashian. Or at the very least a Real Housewife of Long Island.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Beyonce Covers Amy Winehouse For 'Gatsby'Baz Luhrmann Teases Major Change to His 'Gatsby''The Great Gatsby' To Open Cannes  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • We 'Get Lucky' As Daft Punk and Pharrell's New Song Leaks in Full - LISTEN
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 15, 2013
    For those folks who can't make it to Australia for its Wee Waa agriculture show debut, the new Daft Punk album, Random Access Memories, might be a bit of a sore spot. But dry your tears, electronic music fans: you can now listen to "Get Lucky" featuring Pharrell Williams in its entirety thanks to one YouTube user who captured the track as it played on the radio earlier today.  Update: The record label removed the link from YouTube and its authenticity has come into question, but luckily, the SNL commericial is still live (below) and almost as exciting. Plus, the real version will be released on April 19. Of course, we got a taste of the song during SNL this weekend when the teaser below aired, featuring a crooning Williams at the center. And just one day before, Coachella-goers got a sneak peek at all the collaborators on the album (instead of the rumored secret performance that would have consequently sent the rest of America into a very real rage). Among the famous names lending a hand for Random Access Memories were Williams, Panda Bear of Animal Collective, Julian Casablancas of The Strokes, and legendary guitarist Nile Rodgers (who also appears in the teaser video).  What do you think of "Get Lucky" now that we've heard the full song? Tell us in the comments! Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Daft Punk Album To Debut In AustraliaWill Daft Punk's New Album Be Harder Better Faster Stronger?M83 to Score 'Oblivion'  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • Unhappy Hour: No One Will Apologize for 'Accidental Racist' & 9 Other Reasons to Drink
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 13, 2013
    Every week, Hollywood gives us something to whine about, and the week of April 1 was no different. We could make a drinking game out of this week, but that would be too dangerous. Instead, we'll stick to the usual formula: varying levels of alcoholic respite depending on how bothersome the week's issues are. Is your biggest complaint this week a flimsy one? How about a light cocktail to take the edge off? Got a real bone to pick with a celeb or entertainment entity this week? Go ahead, grab a drink that'll put hair on your chest. Here are the week's entertainment stories that are forcing us to seek a bubbly or boozy refuge. And maybe an idea or two about how you should wash them down. Relax With a Glass of Shiraz North Korea puts fashion over function. Yes, actually. Just look at the uniforms these female soldiers on patrol have to wear while marching back and forth along a river bank. Taylor Swift credits Diet Coke as the inspiration for "22." At least that's what it seems like in her new commercial. But Taylor, what are all your ex boyfriends going to think? We're a little worried we won't like this new Breaking Bad spinoff.We'll move this down to the heavy drinking section if our apprehensions turn into real problems.  Split the Bottle? Sure, Why Not? "Hottest Celebs" lists aren't enough anymore. Now we have to measure "f**kability." Gross.  Star Trek Into Darkness broke the Internet. Okay, it crashed the IMAX advanced sales site, but does this mean we're not going to be able to get tickets that first week? NERDS! This is the worst American Idol performance, maybe ever. Luckily, this kid was sent packing where he won't have to endure four famous people telling him that every week.  Go The F**k To Sleep is actually becoming a movie. And it will run longer than 15 minutes. And it will be for kids. We're confused.  Ha. You Think Wine is Going to Cut It? Michelle Williams has the worst haircut ever. If this is how she reacts to breaking up with Jason Segel, maybe they should just get back together and all will be right in the world again.   Barbie just broke a little girl's heart. All she wanted was a birthday party with black Barbie party supplies, but apparently, that was too much to ask. The best apology we've seen for "Accidental Racist" was "It's not perfect." Understatement of the year, LL Cool J.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler  
  • Cameron Crowe Rom-Com Enlists Rachel McAdams and The Spirit of Ryan Gosling
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 12, 2013
    If you listen very closely, you might just hear the words "Hey, girl" whispering in the wind. No, you're not losing it, there's just something magical happening with Cameron Crowe's upcoming rom-com. Rachel McAdams is the latest name attached to the film, according to the Hollywood Reporter (request for confirmation from McAdams' reps could not be obtained at the time of publication), where she'll join Emma Stone and Bradley Cooper. Suddenly, it's like the Spirit of Ryan Gosling has become infused with this film.  For those who aren't obssessed with the history of Gosling, he not only made movie history with McAdams thanks to a rain-drenched makeout (and subsequent steamy sex scene) in The Notebook, he romanced the gorgeous gal in real life and even recreated the famous kiss on stage at the MTV Movie Awards. Stone and Gosling have become on on-screen duo so adorable we almost wish they would just leave Andrew Garfield and Eva Mendes in the dust and date each other, but I'm fairly certain the levels of cuteness would reach unhealthily high levels. And then there's Cooper, who recently faced off against Gosling in The Place Beyond the Pines — a move that challenged our notions of just how much handsome one movie could hold.  When we combine this trio in a rom-com that finds Stone's Air Force pilot falling for Cooper's defense contractor while McAdams' plays the presumably jealous ex-girlfriend, how can we not fill in the space between these actors with a little Gosling? (We are consistently looking for reasons to evoke his name and image. Or is that just me?) Of course, this essence of the Baby Goose might distract from the other connection this movie is forcing us to make: its Hawaii setting, "mystical island forces," and computer with a mind of its own are practically begging us to scream "Lost!" Can we even handle this much pop culture in one place? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Did Rachel McAdams Win 'Mean Girls'?Rachel McAdams and Michael Sheen Split: Why Do Only The Good Ones Break Up?Ryan Gosling Thinks He's a Nightmare - VIDEO  From Our Partners:Eva Longoria Bikinis on Spring Break (Celebuzz)33 Child Stars: Where Are They Now? (Celebuzz)
  • 'American Idol' Results: Did Lazaro Finally Get The Boot?
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 11, 2013
      It's finally over. We'll no longer have to endure the judges' uncomfortable judging as Lazaro Arbos flounders trying to keep up with his fellow contestants. Voters finally decided to send the bowtie enthusiast home.  It came down to Lazaro and Amber Holcomb, because as Jimmy Iovine says, America doesn't seem to get her for some reason. Still, it's not all that surprising that Amber would be low in the rankings considering the lineup of the ladies left this season. Kree Harrison and Candice Glover are almost impossible to beat, which is why it's absolutely no surprise to see them as this week's Top 2. Angie Miller appeals to a large group of viewers and Janelle Arthur is a country girl, Idol's favorite singer to string along until the end. It's hard for Amber to find her niche in this group, even with her late Beyonce effort on Wednesday night.  But while Amber was safe, Lazaro was forced to face the music... his own off-key music. We do have to hand it to the guy, he's endured quite a barrage of verbal barbs from Randy Jackson and Iovine (who ranked Lazaro 10th out of the Top 6, on purpose, this week) and he still manages to muster a smile each week. But when he was selected as the bottom contestant, he and all of the ladies knew that Save was going to stay in the judges' pockets.  He took to the stage with "Feeling Good" as the girls welled up with tears, but it was just another reminder of why he's headed home. With the incredible talent of the newly revealed Top 5, keeping Lazaro on the show would only expose him to further ridicule and pain. The longer he overstayed his welcome, the more angry the judges and his dissenters became. Tonight's elimination was a necessary relief and now the real competition can begin. From here on out, every elimination is going to cut like a knife.  Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:Is This the Worst 'Idol' Performance Ever?'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Wins'Idol' Voters, The Sympathy Vote is Cruel  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Which Game of Thrones Actor Looks Least Like His On-Screen Character? (Vulture)
  • How 'American Idol' Forced Me To Crush on Keith Urban
    By: Kelsea Stahler Apr 11, 2013
      Damn you, American Idol. Despite my best efforts and previous declarations that he simply didn't do it for me, I've developed a hopeless, involuntary crush on Keith Urban. Now every episode of Idol is like my own personal round of Dreamphone, except instead of mooning over Gary and his super '90s power turtleneck, I'm making googly-eyes at Keith, who's rocking my dad's T-shirt collection and my aunt's haircut. Of course, as much as I'd like to pretend that the only reason I've been forced into developing a strange crush on Urban during this season of American Idol  is because there are no attractive men left vying for our votes, I'd be lying. Unfortunately, I'm not that superficial: In spite of how obnoxious I find his impossibly feathery hair, with its clearly unnatural blonde streaks and a shape that frames his face like a pair of Ikea curtains, whenever I watch Idol, I'm undeniably drawn to him.  I understand that to some folks, especially fans of country music, Urban is a certifiable babe — but sorry, ladies and gents — I just never understood it. To me, Urban's always been a goofy cowboy, and one who seems to be allergic to putting his razor on a setting beyond "graze." Sure, he's a great country music artist, but so was Garth Brooks and you don't see me (or anyone) clamoring after him like a pack of crying teenagers (at least not after he dabbled as Chris Gaines, the Criss Angel of country music). There was that way in which every glance at Urban's Golden Road album cover brought up memories of Britney Spears' "I'm Not a Girl (Not Yet a Woman)" music video. And that floppy haircut fit for some kid named Skylar on my brother's fifth grade baseball team was like a giant warning to stay away from all blonde Australian men with guitars. Urban was a good singer/songwriter, but he wasn't putting stars in my eyes. Then he joined American Idol, and once the tensions died down between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey, we started noticing Urban do things like this:  source But it's not just his facial expressiveness that gets me. Just how wonderful is he? Let me count the ways... This man is passionate. He loves music so entirely that when a pretty voice is laid before him, there's nothing he can do to stop the outpouring of emotion from every piece of his incredibly expressive face. When one of the top contestants sings an emotional ballad, a quick cut to Urban will show him leaning toward the singer, lifting his head up, furrowing his brow with great interest, and leaning out as if to catch the wave of his or her beautiful voice.  He knows when we're laughing at him, and laughs right along with us. This was most evident on Beatles night when he realized the folly of his own repetive commentary (take note, Randy Jackson) and turned it into a joke on himself. Okay, so he's not exactly Jerry Lewis, but it's cute enough to merit a giggle.  His friendship with Nicki Minaj is the stuff dreams are made of. First, he shared his trail mix with her during auditions, like an older brother on a school bus. Then came the friendly banter. Then there were the times when Urban comforted Minaj by lending her a shoulder on which to mourn Curtis Finch, Jr.'s early elimination, and when he lent her his hand so she didn't fall on her way to the judges' table in impossibly high heels. It's enough to make this ol' heart of mine grow a few sizes.  He knows his s**t. For too long, we had judges who had their heads wrapped around pop music, but their interests in country music were fairly tenuous. But when Urban gets going, it's clear he's coming from a place of total, intimate understanding. He knows exactly how every facet of a country song needs to work. He knows who the real country idols are (not just the ones we surface country music listeners know). And he knows what Idol's country crooners need to do to make their voices stand out in a popular genre. Basically, he's a country music genius. And to that point: He truly cares. It's clear that he genuinely wants these singers to succeed, and when they don't perform at the level he expects, he's not angry or dismissive like Jackson and, on occasion, Minaj. He's clearly saddened everytime one of the contestants misses his or her mark, and you can see in his sweetly pained face that he only wants the best for them, like scruffily handsome den mother. With all that going on, how could anyone not fall totally and completely in televisual love with this man? Follow Kelsea on Twitter @KelseaStahler More:'American Idol' Recap: Candice Glover Wins Why 'American Idol' Needs Lazaro Arbos'American Idol': Will the Judges Use the Save?  From Our PartnersJessica Alba Bikinis in St. Barts (Celebuzz)Pics of The Rock Making Things Look Small (Vulture)