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  • Awesome 'Dark Knight Rises' Set Visit & Costume Closeup — VIDEO
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 23, 2012
    There's less than a month until Christopher Nolan's final Batman film The Dark Knight Rises hits theaters and now, a Spanish news report offers an unprecedented peek into the making of the movie.  TV program TN2 got a first-hand look during a set visit and chatted with costume designer Lindy Hemming and visual effects supervisor Chris Corbould.  The new clips show incredible closeups of Christian Bale's hefty-looking Bat costume and some of the intricate sets (the prison scene!) and gear.  The Dark Knight Rises storms into theaters on July 20 and advance tickets are already on sale at  Movietickets.com. Check out the video below:  Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Why 'The Dark Knight Rises' Is Basically a 'Rocky III' Remake New 'The Dark Knight Rises' Trailer: 'I Won't Bury You' — VIDEO 'The Dark Knight Rises': Over an Hour of Bane vs. Batman in IMAX Dark Knight Rises
  • 'Brave's Girl Power Problem: Empowering Girls at the Expense of Boys?
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 23, 2012
    Brave, I wanted to like you. I really did. In fact, I wanted to love you. Pixar's latest 3D animated movie has been promoted up the wazoo as the type of princess movie that moms wanted their daughters to see. Finally, all of us modern feminists would have a princess who didn't just wait for Prince Charming to give them a fairytale ending. And it almost worked. Spirited Scottish princess Merida (who I imagined as a pre-Tom Cruise Nicole Kidman in a live-action version) loves horse-riding and archery and eating sticky buns with her hands. Meanwhile, her very proper mother, the Queen, wants to turn her into a true princess: table manners, bone-crushing corsets and all. Every now and then, Merida goes all Katniss with a bow and arrow, riding off into the forest on her horse, bare-knuckle mountain climbing. Pretty incredible, right? It was, until the boys came into the picture. In one scene, three suitors come from other kingdoms to win Merida's hand in marriage. And they're total idiots: A meathead who speaks unintelligably. A 98-pound weakling with troll-doll hair. And a cocky jerk who likes to flex his pecs. Finally, we had a strong, independent princess but why did all of the male characters have to be the butt of the joke (sometimes literally!)? Sure, we've come a long way since helpless, naive Snow White ate that poisoned apple and had to be awakened by a kiss from her Prince Charming. But I can't help but wonder if we're now teetering on the edge of empowering girls at the expense of boys. Don't get me wrong: I appreciate all the effort that children's filmmakers have made to change the perception of girls as fair maidens who only exist to wear ballgowns and be saved. But maybe the way we can truly instill girl power into our daughters is to show them that they can do anything boys can do--even when the boys are worthy opponents. Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More:‘Brave’ Trailer: Pixar Gives Its First Female Lead an Epic AdventurePixar’s 'Brave' Unleashes More Adventure in New French FeaturetteTrailer: Is Pixar's 'Brave' the Disney Princess Movie We Need?
  • Emma Stone's Cutest & Craziest 'Spider-Man' Premiere Looks
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 22, 2012
    Tobey Maguire may have had his upside-down Spider-man kiss with Kirsten Dunst. But brand-new Spidey Andrew Garfield has adorable, amazing, hilarious Emma Stone — on the big screen and in real life (sorry, Jim Carrey). The couple has been traveling the globe for weeks promoting The Amazing Spider-Man. And Stone, 23, provided her own special effects on the red carpet in every city: the clothes, the makeup, the hair, those eyes!  Not every look was a big hit, but you've got to appreciate a girl for taking some risks. (A lesson that a lot of famous ladies could learn.)  Below, her big hits and misses from the promo tour:  HIT: Graphic and painterly on June 15 in Moscow MISS: Disco disaster on June 18 in London HIT: Crazy but cute on June 19 in Paris  HIT: Chic and simple on June 20 in Berlin  HIT: Laced up on June 20 in Berlin  HIT: Perfect (those shoes!) on June 21 in Madrid MISS: Granny chic on June 21 in Madrid  HIT: Sweet but edgy on June 22 in Rome  [Photos: Wenn] More:Amazing Spider-Man: Japanese Trailer Reveals Black & White BackstoryOscar Oops? Emma Stone Channels Nicole Kidman's Iconic LookWatch the Full Trailer for The Amazing Spider-Man Emma Stone
  • Kristen Stewart Wears a Rob Pattinson Suit: Who Wore It Better?
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 21, 2012
    Scientific studies have shown that couples start to look alike after spending years together. And the morph is apparently starting to happen for Twilight couple Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson.  While in Australia for a Snow White and The Huntsman publicity stop, an edgy and androgynous K. Stew rocked a very Rob-esque maroon suit and masculine lace-up shoes.  It's not the first time Stewart has dabbled in menswear. The actress admitted to Vanity Fair recently that she was a major tomboy back in the day. "Look at a picture of me before I was 15," she said. "I am a boy. I wore my brother’s clothes, dude!" What do you think? Who wore it better? Rob or Kristen?  Let's just hope the closet swap doesn't result in Rob wearing this little number.  Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Kristen Stewart Does Drag for 'Elle' — PICS Kristen Stewart Compares Snow White to 'Twilight''s Bella Kristen Stewart Almost Suffers Wardrobe Malfunction at Rob Pattinson's Premiere — PICS
  • Justin Bieber 'All Around the World' TV Special a Ratings Flop
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 21, 2012
    Justin Bieber fans, where were you? Even though zillions of obsessed super-fans normally turn up to anything with the mere mention of his name, part one of the pop star's NBC special All Around the World failed to make a ratings dent.  In fact, it was practically a network TV bloodbath, with the Biebs taking in only 3.3 million viewers on Wednesday night.  That's less than Dogs in the City on CBS, which pulled in 4.9 million people (and no doubt countless canine superfans). And significantly less than So You Think You Can Dance on Fox,which had 6.5 million viewers.  Part two airs tonight. Come on, Beliebers, he's counting on you. (And to the Bieber haters, his recent oops-I-walked-into-a-glass-wall  drama plays out in the special.)  More: Justin Bieber to Cause a State of Emergency: 5 Crazy Things Fans Do For Bieber Justin Bieber & Ludacris Go Clubbing 'All Around the World' — Listen Justin Bieber & Selena Gomez Rent a Helicopter: 10 Craziest Celebrity Dates
  • Halle Berry Ordered to Pay Ex $20,000 a Month: What He Could Buy 
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 20, 2012
    They've been locked in one of Hollywood's nastiest custody battles ever (remember all of those insane allegations?). But now, Halle Berry and Gabriel Aubrey are one step closer to finding closure.  Since their 2010 split, the pair have been fighting over money and where 4-year-old daughter, Nahla, will live. Although physical custody still hasn't been worked out, a judge has ordered Berry to pay her model ex $20,000 a month in child support, according to TMZ.  Sure, it's a drop in the bucket for the Oscar-winning actress. But we still can't help but think that's an awful lot of loot for one adorable preschooler.  So, what could a Dad buy with all that moolah?  200 butterfly lunch bags = $4,000 4 trips to Disneyland = $12,000 200 purple stuffed cats = $4,000 Screwing your famous ex = Priceless [Photo Credit: Wenn] Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Halle Berry's Gigantic Engagement Ring: 4 Things She Could Have Bought Instead Halle Berry Cancels on Oscars After Injury (Again!) Halle Berry's Engagement Ring Mystery Halle
  • Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy Creep Us Out: Daddy or Date?
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 19, 2012
    Over the years, Hollywood has given us some weird couples: Sean Penn and ScarJo, David Cross and Amber Tamblyn, Brigitte Nielsen and Flavor Flav. But the biggest new head-scratcher award goes to Mary-Kate Olsen and Olivier Sarkozy, half-brother to former French President Nicolas Sarkozy.  The billionaire former child star, 26, was photographed with Sarkozy, 42, and his young daughter in NYC on June 14. And the picture is fascinating.  Over the past few months, Olsen has been spotted several times getting kozy with Sarkozy, who has two kids with ex-wife Charlotte Bernard. In April, they got people talking when they took in a New York Knicks game together. That would all be adorable but I just can't get over the fact that: she looks like his kid.   Don't get me wrong. I'm all for the edgier Olsen finding love. She's had a tough time in that department, splitting with boyfriend Nate Lowman two years ago. But I'm sensing a major mismatch.  What do you think: Are you getting too much of a Danny Tanner vibe to be happy for her? [Photo credit: INF] More:  8 Child Actors and Their First Grown-Up Roles  Ashley Olsen Retires From Acting at 25  Quoi? Mary-Kate Olsen Reportedly Dating Olivier Sarkozy MK Sarkozy
  • 'The Godfather' Board Game (Loser Gets a Horse Head!)
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 15, 2012
    Mobsters play a lot of games. You know, catch the machine gun fire, duck-duck-rat, follow the consigliere. But now, there's a real board game made just for them. Or, at least fans of mobster movies.  To help celebrate the 40th anniversary of The Godfather, Hasbro is launching Monopoly: The Godfather Collector's Edition.  And the transition into boardgame-dom is surprisingly smooth for the Francis Ford Coppola classic. In fact, the gamemakers could've easily repurposed some of the original tokens: the wheelbarrow (for burying bodies), the shoe (to fill with concrete) and the thimble (which makes a passable bullet).  But they revamped them all: so now, you can play with a gun, a dead fish, a cannoli, a Genco olive oil tin, Brando's limo, and a horse’s head.  Meanwhile, the classic locations like Boardwalk and Park Place are replaced by the Corleone's Long Island and Lake Tahoe estates.  Check out a full unboxing of the game below. And leave the gun, take the cannoli.  Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: New 'Godfather' Book to be Published Joss Whedon: 'Avengers' Sequel Inspired by 'Godfather 2'? AMC Celebrates 'The Godfather' Trilogy All Week for 40th Anniversary Godfather game
  • Run, Suri! Tom Cruise's Daughter Does His Famous Movie Sprint — PIC
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 15, 2012
    When he's not dangling from buildings or jumping off motorcycles in his movies, Tom Cruise runs. A lot. And with awesome robot hands.   In fact, there's been a long-standing belief among fans that he runs in every movie he's ever been in (an overstatement, but it's close). And yesterday, his daughter Suri Cruise proved that the apple doesn't fall far from the treadmill. Spending the day with mom Katie Holmes in New York City on June 14, the 6-year-old broke free from Holmes' grasp and did a sprint worthy of the next Mission Impossible movie.  Pretty good. Especially in fancy ballet flats. But she still has time to practice her stride — below, a video training manual from dad:  Photo credit: Wenn Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: 'Rock of Ages' Star Julianne Hough Talks Tom Cruise and Sexy Set Stories Happy Birthday, Suri Cruise! Insane Gifts for the Girl With Everything Suri Cruise Eats Fancy French Food with Stuffed Animals Run, Suri, run!
  • 'SYTYCD' Host Cat Deeley: 10 Things You Didn't Know 
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 13, 2012
    Oh, Cat Deeley, how we adore you.  We already know the So You Think You Can Dance hostess is funny, charming, stylish — and self-admittedly goofy. But here are some things you might not have known about the 35-year-old Brit (who's also hosting Fox's new dating show The Choice). 1. She shares a name with a certain Duchess. "My full name is Catherine Elizabeth Deeley and my mother had delusions of grandeur, clearly," she told Afterellen.com. "The same as Katherine Elizabeth Middleton and my mother tells me all the time, 'It could’ve been you!'"  2. She's a huge America's Next Top Model fan. And appeared as a guest judge earlier this year.  3. She was once romantically linked to Leonardo DiCaprio. But she later dispelled it as a rumor.  4. She's big on flea markets. She loves "The Rose Bowl or the one on Fairfax and Santa Monica. I go in my pyjamas, not a scrap of make up, get a bucket of cappuccino and hunt for hidden treasure." 5. She suffers from insomnia and functions on less than four hours most nights. And she's still that perky all the time! 6. Her karaoke songs is Carly Simon’s "You’re So Vain." "It’s kind of torch song for all the girls in the audience. It starts off kind of slow and you can almost whisper it a little bit and then really get into it." 7. Her celeb crush growing up was Tom Selleck. "I was six and used to love Magnum PI. Apparently, I'd call him "a lovely man". 8. She can play the clarinet.  9. She's a statuesque 5'9" (but often 6'2" in her heels!). 10. She's good with her famously crooked nose. "I get a lot more people mentioning it [in America] than they ever did back home, but I’m secure enough in myself not to let it bother me," she told the UK's Daily Mail. "And when you’ve had your dad teasing you endlessly about it, like mine did,’ she laughs, ‘you can deal with anything.’" More:  The Best 'So You Think You Can Dance' Numbers of All Time 'So You Think You Can Dance' Recap: Holly-woo! 'So You Think You Can Dance' Season Premiere Recap: Get This Party Started Cat Deeley