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  • 'Dark Knight Rises' Director Joins Kristen Stewart With Handprint Honor
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 08, 2012
    The Dark Knight Rises director/co-writer Christopher Nolan has already left his mark on Hollywood but now he's left a physical one in the cement, too. On Saturday, the filmmaker left his handprints and footprints in front of the famous Grauman's Chinese Theater.  Nolan joined the ranks of Twilight stars Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, and Taylor Lautner, who were honored with their own handprint ceremony in November — as well as Jennifer Aniston, who was honored in July 2011. During her ceremony as fans shrieked, Stewart said, "This is so crazy for us. I've been so enamored by this business, Hollywood. … I think this is the coolest thing I've ever done in my life." Nolan, who was joined by Dark Knight stars, including Christian Bale and Anne Hathaway, and family members, offered a poignant and humble speech.  "There is something about the permanence of these things," he said. "I'm standing on Clint Eastwood's name right now and there's something about knowing that he actually wrote that. There's something very interesting about that phenomenon of trying to preserve something and trying to hang onto it." But two of his Dark Knight stars beat him to the punch: Morgan Freeman (2002) and Michael Caine (2008) are already immortalized at Grauman's.  [Photos: Wenn] More: Could 'Dark Knight Rises' Win Best Picture Oscar? Awesome 'Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit and Costume Close-Up - VIDEO 'Dark Knight Rises': Possible Spoilers, but So Much Action - TRAILER
  • Patrick Schwarzenegger Wants Taylor Swift's Pal, Miley Cyrus
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 08, 2012
    For being such a smart, talented girl, Taylor Swift has phenomenally bad taste in men.  Well, now, the 22-year-old Grammy winner/wounded puppy is cozying up to Arnold Schwarzenegger (the king of bad relationship decisions) and Maria Shriver's 18-year-old son, Patrick Schwarzenegger.  The duo were spotted hugging and laughing on July 4 at the Kennedy compound in Hyannis Port, Mass. And a source tells Us Weekly the pair are "getting to know each other, but she thinks he's cute!" But Swift could be in for another round of sad songwriting. Not that long ago, in a Details magazine interview, the young Schwarzenegger told the mag he was interested in some other hot young starlets.  "Patrick cockily refers to his tweet-mates Kendall Jenner and Selena Gomez as 'girls for the future.' 'My eye, though,' he adds, 'is set on Miley.'" Gomez, of course is a long-time Swift friend and she's had a love/hate friendship with Miley Cyrus for years.  On the bright side: this could take the spotlight off of John Mayer for a while.  More: Miley Cyrus Can't Keep Her Clothes On: Six Degrees of Naked Taylor Swift and Tebow: Their Post-Oscars Dinner DateJohn Mayer on Ellen: Officially Not a Jerk Anymore — VIDEO
  • Usher Prays for 11-Year-Old Stepson in Critical Condition After Horrific Boat Crash
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 08, 2012
    Update:  Georgia's Department of Natural Resources is currently investigating the incident. While charges are still pending, the individual involved in the crash has been named. "On 07/06/12, at approximately 1525 hours, a personal watercraft being operated by Jeffrey S. Hubbard [who is reportedly a family friend] ran over 2 juveniles being towed on an inner tube by a pontoon boat," the incident report obtained by Hollywood.com reads. "Both children were life-flighted to Egleston Children’s Hospital of Atlanta, one with a serious head injury. This incident occurred in the mouth of Big Creek, Lake Lanier, Hall County." TMZ is reporting that Usher's stepson is brain dead. Original story: R&B singer Usher is praying today for his 11-year-old stepson, Kyle Glover, who is in critical condition in an Atlanta hospital after a horrific boat collision.  Glover, who is the son of his estranged wife Tameka Foster, remains unresponsive, according to TMZ. The boy, and a 15-year-old girl were reportedly being pulled by a boat in inner tubes when a man on a jet ski collided with them. Glover was hit in the head and the two victims were air-lifted to the hospital.  Usher's nasty divorce and custody battle with Foster (he's pictured, left, with one of their young sons) has made headlines but despite their very public troubles, the superstar reportedly chartered a plane for his ex to be by Glover's side.  Now, the Grammy-winner's celebrity friends are voicing their support and asking for prayers on Twitter. As Fantasia Barrino tweeted: ""Everyone PLEASE pray for Usher and Tameka's son! This is the time they really need your prayers!" (Additional Reporting by Lindsey DiMattina)  [Photo Credit: Wenn] More News on Hollywood.com New 'Dark Knight Rises' 13-Minute Video: 8 Secrets We LearnedKaty Perry and Russell Brand's Doomed Marriage Takes the Stage in 'Part of Me' Angelina Jolie Channels 'Twilight' & 'Harry Potter' — PIC
  • New 'Dark Knight Rises' 13-Minute Video: 8 Secrets We Learned
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 08, 2012
    There are only 12 days left until the U.S. release of The Dark Knight Rises and director/co-writer Christopher Nolan is starting to reveal more secrets.  A brand new 13-minute featurette, complete with movie clips, exclusive cast and crew interviews, and behind-the-scenes footage, uncovers just what we would expect from a Nolan film: it looks thrilling, epic and is powered by something other than pure action — a strong emotional core.  And clearly, there's a reason why the film is already getting Oscar buzz. Here are 8 things we learned from the clip:  1. It's been eight years since Batman has been missing from Gotham and TDKR shows what the city has become without him. And it's not good. Everything looks fine on the surface, but "it's all built on a lie."  2. Father figure/butler Alfred (Michael Caine) once again acts as the moral compass for Batman, who's coming to grips with his personal pain. And, of course the big question: Will Batman return? 3. The characters are fully fleshed out. Even the bad guys. A big complaint of many a movie has been the one-dimensional villain (remember the last Mission Impossible movie?). No worries there. Tom Hardy's beefy baddie Bane is a fully realized character and the film explains what drives him and what he wants. And as Nolan puts it, "None of it is good news."  4. Tom Hardy is a fanboy. He recounts seeing Christian Bale in the makeup chair and goes into full childlike squeal mode. "There's a 3-year-old in me saying 'That's Batman.'"    5. Anne Hathaway's Catwoman could be alright. Since her casting was announced, Hathaway's character has been the big question mark for fans. Nolan himself admitted he was nervous about bringing Catwoman to the big screen. But, as he explains, Selena Kyle is ultimately grounded by her beliefs — she couldn't just be this femme fatale. She operates a code of ethics (whether or not they're accepted by others).  6. The scale of the film is earth-shattering — literally. More footage is revealed of the epic stadium explosion that's showcased in the trailers. The scene, filmed at the Pittsburgh Steelers' stadium, was one of most demanding scenes in film. But it's an achievement on par with Nolan's other effects spectacular (those folding buildings in Inception).  7. They really did fill Wall Street with thousands of people. Because Nolan wanted to shoot everything as real as possible, there were no visual effects used to enhance the number of people shot in a soon-to-be-infamous Wall Street fight scene. They brought in 1,200 extras and it was "controlled chaos." 8. As suspected, the Batplane really is awesome. A big part of Batman, of course, has always been his incredible billionaire toys. And, as the featurette reveals, the new show pony of the film doesn't disappoint. As one of the biggest creations, it measures 30 feet long and 17 feet wide. And on the IMAX screen? It'll be larger than life.  Geek out with the full featurette below and get your advance tickets at Movietickets.com. Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More:Could 'Dark Knight Rises' Win Best Picture Oscar?Awesome 'Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit and Costume Close-Up - VIDEO'Dark Knight Rises': Possible Spoilers, but So Much Action - TRAILER
  • 5 Reasons Seth Meyers Could Be Better Than Regis Philbin
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 07, 2012
    Everyone wants the cushy gig of co-hosting Live! with Kelly Ripa (call us, Gelman!). And now that Regis Philbin's seat has been empty (or at least filled with guest hosts) for nearly nine months, the frontrunners are starting to get whittled down.  This week, Saturday Night Live star and head writer Seth Meyers rose to the top of the speculation heap.  Meyers is the main frontrunner, according to entertainment site Showbiz 411, which adds that former Giants player Michael Strahan and singer Josh Groban are runners-up. A few years ago, he might not have been ready for the massive responsibility. In fact, in 2008, he told Hollywood.com he'd be nervous about doing a show every weekday.  "The idea of doing a show five nights a week is terrifying and daunting...I’m thrilled to do a show once a week for right now," he told us. "You walk before you run." But now, four years and many SNL episodes later, he has a lot more experience and maturity under his belt.  So what exactly makes the 38-year-old comedian uniquely qualified for the job? Let us count the ways.  1. He's not afraid to let his co-star take center stage.  2. He has great chemistry with Kelly and isn't afraid to call another guy sexy.  3. The President owes him one.  <br><br><iframe width="420" height="315" src="http://www.youtube.com/embed/Mv4MzaGk2VI" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen> 4. He can hilariously skewer news of the day on a live show without seeming mean-spirited.  5. He can hold his own against other funnypeople (Colbert!). The Colbert ReportGet More: Colbert Report Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog More:Could Seth Meyers Replace Regis Philbin on 'Live! with Kelly'?The 6 Best 'SNL' Cast Reunions EverCelebrities Tweet About Regis Philbin's Last Day on 'Live' Seth Meyers
  • Could 'Dark Knight Rises' Win Best Picture Oscar?
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 07, 2012
    Yesterday, Twitter and Facebook exploded with early reviews of The Dark Knight Rises after an early screening for a few dozen lucky critics. And let's just say the response was nothing short of spectacular.  There were tears (yes, actual human tears filled with pure geek joy), cheers and a standing ovation.  "The Dark Knight Rises has just finished screening for the press and critics, receiving a STANDING OVATION!!!," film reviewer Lauren Hiestand wrote, according to Comic Book Movie.  And Oscar talk was even floating around in the ether. Critic Marco Gennuso, gushed, "If this does not break the mold and win Best Picture, no comic book movie ever will #TDKR."  But could it really happen? The Academy has historically frowned upon superhero movies and action flicks. Director/co-writer Christopher Nolan has been nominated three times (once for Memento and twice for Inception).  And Batman himself, Christian Bale, won his first Oscar last year for his brilliant performance in The Fighter.  Plus, the Academy has started to loosen up its outlook on major box office blockbusters (Avatar and Toy Story 3 were both nominated for Best Picture, after all).  But if Dark Knight performs as expected and breaks, say, the $1 billion mark like The Avengers, does it even matter? Check out the latest amazing trailer below and start counting the days until July 20.  Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More:Awesome 'Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit and Costume Close-Up - VIDEO'Dark Knight Rises': Possible Spoilers, but So Much Action - TRAILER'Dark Knight Rises': Batman Wants Back in the Game - VIDEO Dark Knight Oscar
  • Susan Boyle Is a Doctor Now — Really
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 07, 2012
    She's been a reality show finalist, a YouTube superstar and the subject of her own stage musical. And now, British singer Susan Boyle can add one more accolade to the list: doctor. The 51-year-old was awarded an honorary degree on Friday from Edinburgh's Queen Margaret University in Scotland, where she studied as a young woman.  The first time around, she admits she didn't have the easiest time at school. "I found it difficult to write my letters," she's said. "I also suffered from what psychologists call cognitive difficulties. I knew the answers to questions but couldn’t express what I was thinking." Now, she joins the ranks of stars like Robert De Niro, Meryl Streep, Alexander Skarsgard, and even Kermit the frog, who've received similar honors at universities.  And this time, it didn't take much actual time on campus to earn her degree. Too bad, really. How much would you love to see her eating Ramen in a dorm room? Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee [Photo: Wenn] More News on Hollywood.com: Maroon 5: Five Meanest Reviews and Why Critics Hate ThemRihanna Misses Her Butt and Can't Stop Talking About It Brad Pitt's Mom Writes Anti-Gay, Anti-Obama Ple
  • Maroon 5: Five Meanest Reviews and Why Critics Hate Them
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 07, 2012
    To music critics, Adam Levine isn't an easy person to like. We get it. The Maroon 5 singer and judge on The Voice dates only supermodels (subtract 5 points), stars on a reality TV show (subtract 10 points) and gives detestable quotes like these (subtract 20 points).  The 33-year-old frontman and his band have reached insane levels of mass sales with songs like "Moves Like Jagger," featuring Levine's co-judge Christina Aguilera, which topped charts in 18 countries and has sold more than 5 million copies in the U.S. But they still can't get a good review from a majority of critics.  Not that the band has ever been considered edgy but as their sound has become more commercial, more radio-friendly and more auto-tuned, the reviews have gotten more brutal. Now, their new album "Overexposed," which hit stores on Tuesday, has raised the hate levels up one notch. The worst of the worst reviews? Read on:  “Overexposed is a hit-seeking missile that doesn’t just slaughter Maroon 5’s reputation for sincerity, it festoons its corpse with glitter, hairspray and Hello Kitty Stickers.” — The Washington Post (Ouch. Tell us how you really feel, WashPo!) "Once a real live band whose humanity, however glossy it might have been, could be verified by its mostly organic sound, Maroon 5 now appears to have converted into a silicone simulacrum of its former self with “Overexposed,” a collection of faceless android pop guaranteed to sound exactly like all the songs sequenced around it on Top 40 radio." — News OK "Another word for the color 'maroon' is 'plum.' The sooner this bunch of plums fade back into obscurity, the better." — UK's Independent "Why are Maroon 5 still the MOR mavens you can’t defend to your mates? Because Adam Levine still sings like Sting with blue balls." — NME "If (like me) you thought that it was virtually impossible for an act as shamelessly commercial as Maroon 5 to 'sell out,' think again." — Ultimate-Guitar.com Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee [Photo: Wenn] More: Adam Levine Loves AttentionAdam Levine: From 'The Voice' To The Big Screen? 'Voice' Star Adam Levine Splits From Model GF Anne Vyalitsyna Maroon 5 reviews
  • Selena Gomez & Justin Bieber Did Not Split; Are Still Adorable
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 06, 2012
    Phew. That was close. After a tabloid report yesterday took over the interwebs, claiming that teen power couple Justin Bieber and Selena Gomez was on the verge of splitting, the pair put rumors to rest completely.  Bieber, 18, and Gomez, 19, enjoyed a very public romantic outing Thursday night holding hands after dinner at LA restaurant Pink Pepper. Take that, haters.  And a recent interview that Bieber did with British magazine Fabulous backs up his still-strong hormonal feelings for his older lady. "My first kiss with Selena was the best of my life," he said. "It was in the car. It was scary and spontaneous and it was just awesome." We know that it's scientifically impossible for celebrity couples to stay together but how about we give these kids another couple of years?  He likes her, he really likes her. Just refresh your memory with this adorably gushy video montage: [Photo: Wenn] More: Justin Bieber Teases Fans With New Video Justin Bieber to Cause a State of Emergency: 5 Crazy Things Fans Do For Bieber Selena Gomez's Fantasies Run Wild in ‘Fifty Shades of Blue’ — VIDEO Selena and Bieber
  • Rihanna Misses Her Butt and Can't Stop Talking About It
    By: Michelle Lee Jul 06, 2012
    Call Angela Lansbury, Cops or the Scooby gang. Rihanna's butt is missing and she's ready to put out an APB.  Understandably, when you had a world-famous butt like the singer's, you apparently get pretty attached to the thing — especially when it disappears into thin air (or after, say, losing 10 pounds).  But the Barbadian Grammy winner is downright obsessed with her mysterious missing booty. And she wants the world to know. In the new issue of Harper's Bazaar, she tells the mag: "I miss my ass. It just went away! I need a butt. I have an idea of one, but it’s not living up to its full potential right now." And it's not the first time she's talked about that AWOL rear-end:  "I'm working on getting [my butt] back," she told People magazine in March. "It used to be my favorite body part, but now it's disappeared!"  "I went way too far," she says. "I prefer myself a bit chunkier. I want my old butt back." — Us Weekly in May "I envy this ass, are you kidding me?" her Battleship co-star Brooklyn Decker said to her in April. "What ass?" Rihanna responded.  Have you seen Rihanna's missing butt? If found, please contact her on Twitter.  More: Rihanna’s Risqué Photo Shoot for Her New Perfume, Nude — PICS Rihanna Reveals Nearly 200 Topless Pics from 'Where Have You Been' Shoot Rihanna Goes Topless on Twitter: Pic!