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Michelle Lee
  • 'Prometheus' Black Goo Found! (In Lady Gaga's Perfume Bottle)
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 13, 2012
    When Lady Gaga tweeted the first pic of her new fragrance, Fame, we couldn't help but think it looked awfully familiar.  For anyone who's seen Prometheus, a very similar looking black substance wreaks havoc on everyone in the film (zombification, total DNA destruction, red eyes, itchy skin, you name it).  At least as the pop star describes it, though, her black liquid won't have any of those effects.  The packaging explains that the black perfume becomes invisible once it is spritzed onto skin. "First of its kind, this perfume is an innovation in fluid technology. It's black like the soul of fame but invisible once airborne." But most importantly, what will it smell like? "Tears of belladonna, crushed heart of tiger orchidea with a black veil of incense, pulverised apricot and the combinative essences of saffron and honey drops." In other words, like aliens.  Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Lady Gaga's Newest Accessory: Concussion — VIDEO Madonna Takes a Swing at Lady Gaga (Again) in a Song Mash-Up — VIDEO Lady Gaga & Justin Bieber Outed as Aliens in ‘Men in Black 3’ Gaga perfume
  • 'Prometheus' Sequel: How Ridley Scott Can Fix It
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 13, 2012
    Spoilers ahead:    Don't get me wrong: I really liked Prometheus. A lot. But I don't think I've heard one person say that it surpassed its predecessor, Alien.    In fact, the consensus seems to be that Ridley Scott's latest sci fi blockbuster is thought-provoking but maybe a few ticks too mysterious (read our review).  Of course, the question remains now: Will there be a sequel? This weekend's box office numbers will no doubt help dictate that. The R-rated film opened at No. 2 last weekend with a respectable $50 million behind family flick Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted (read the review). And, as co-writer Damon Lindelof has explained, part deux is not a done deal by any means. "The conversations that we had about the story of Prometheus and how it would end were always predicated on the idea that there would not be a sequel, that a sequel was not a foregone conclusion, and that the movie itself had to have a feeling of being complete," the former Lost writer told MTV News. "That being said, we also wanted the audience to feel that, like, if there were a sequel to Prometheus, it wouldn't be Alien." But the end of the film certainly leaves the plot open for another installment or two. Shaw (Noomi Rapace) rides off into space with the android David (Michael Fassbender) and his disconnected body to find out why the Engineers would create mankind and now want to destroy it. And if Prometheus 2 moves forward, it could be the perfect opportunity for the filmmakers to fill in some of the holes that have been gnawing at fans. If I wrote the sequel (call me, Ridley!), I'd love to see: Shaw & David find the Engineers' planet, and discover that the whole thing was a big science experiment — that the big marble Right Said Fred guys were trying to turn humans into genetic weapons of mass destruction. But their experiment went horribly wrong and created a beast (the Queen and her minions) that ultimately destroyed them all, Terminator-style.   Shaw would live happily ever after with a family of squiddy alien babies; and David becomes a real boy.    Cue applause.      If you wrote the Prometheus sequel, what would you want to see? Give us a three-sentence plot treatment in the comments section below!     Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: 'Prometheus' Theories: Greek Mythology Offers Answers (SPOILERS)'Prometheus' Concept Artist Explains How the Movie Fixes 'Alien''Prometheus': 13 Questions We Want Answers To — SPOILER-HEAVY Prometheus Sequel
  • 'Great Gatsby' Wardrobe: Incredible 1,700 Pieces Created
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 13, 2012
    Mix Moulin Rouge mastermind Baz Luhrmann with a classic movie set in the roaring 20s and how could you not have incredible, over-the-top sets and costumes? Well, The Great Gatsby, starring Leonardo DiCaprio, certainly doesn't disappoint.  For the film, wardrobe designer Catherine Martin (Luhrmann's wife, who also did the costumes for Moulin Rouge and Australia) worked closely with Brooks Brothers, the official clothier of the $125 million film to create a stunning 1,700 pieces for the cast and extras. And the gorgeous jewels? By Tiffany & Co., naturally.  A Brooks Bros. spokesman told WWD that Martin researched hundreds of photos, original advertisements, catalogue pages and actual product from the period. And perhaps most fitting? Gatsby author F. Scott Fitzgerald was a loyal Brooks Bros. customer himself (he was reportedly wearing the brand when he met his future wife, Zelda, and he had his army uniforms tailored by Brooks Brothers). “It was this most basic and fundamental connection that has made our collaboration so authentic,” says Martin. “Brooks Brothers is mentioned several times in Fitzgerald’s writings as a representation of the ultimate gentleman’s purveyor of fine clothing to the American man of distinction.” The Great Gatsby opens on Christmas Day, Dec. 25. Right, "old sport"?  And check out the exciting trailer below:  Photo credits: Warner Bros.  Gatsby
  • 'Prometheus' Mysteries Solved (By You!) 
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 10, 2012
    Major spoilers, theories and possible answers about the movie lie ahead, so be warned.  Fans (and haters) of Prometheus, let me start off by saying:  Whether you loved or hated the movie — or reside somewhere in between — the great thing about director Ridley Scott's ambitious new sci fi film is that it has stoked a theorizing fire in fans that I can't remember seeing for a long time.  In fact, the last time was probably the ending of Inception. Was the whole thing a dream? Did that top stop spinning or were we totally hearing things?  But the mythology of that movie certainly wasn't as rich and deep as Prometheus, which spans decades thanks to the Alien franchise.  And that's half the fun of movies like this: whether your theory is actually the one in the filmmakers' heads, it's cool just to think about it. (And Google at 1 a.m. And read about Greek mythology to find answers. Officially: obsessed).  Everyone's been searching on TV for the next Lost. Well, I think we found it on the big screen. So, yesterday I posed 13 questions about the movie that I still want answers to. And you responded with some incredibly thoughtful, interesting theories.   ******* Below are the answers that make the most sense to me (click here to see the full list of amazing theories). Do you agree? Do you have your own theories that blow these out of the water? Share them in the comments section below.  1. What was that nasty DNA tea that the opening scene Engineer drank? "Primordial juice. He knew what he was getting into. He was a seeder of life. Is it dissimilar to the black goo? That is the question." — Vamsee Valetti "The opening scene in Prometheus has me wonder if this was the 'seeding' or terraforming of Earth or the Engineers testing our their new Bioform black goo on a poor bastard from a safe distance. Obviously the Bioform kills Engineers (read: bad times) and the byproduct created life, humans, taxes, reality TV, Justin Bieber (read: very bad times)." — smelly_jelly 2. Was he following orders and sacrificing himself to create life on another planet or had he gone rogue? "I personally think there are a number of philosophically different godlike beings. Some of them sought to create life on other worlds to fulfill their biological manifest destiny, while others sought to destroy the mutant offspring of those others." — Tim Tebow "The big white guys that look like they are sculpted from marble have striking resemblances with humans (More specifically men). The bible states that God created man in his image. Ancient civilizations could have been depicted as Gods and worshiped. The guy in the beginning who did a body shot and went cliff diving in the waterfall that started live was dressed differently than the engineer in the sleep pod who ripped off the robot head. Bodyshot guy arrived in a different ship that was a disc/ saucer (or Halo, if you see where I'm getting at). He could have been part of a good guy faction that wanted to start life for mankind (an Angel). The skeletal suit engineer who wrecked everybody's shit flew a ship that looked like a broken halo, hence demons because demons are described to be fallen angels. Similar appearances but different mentalities." — Palinga 3. Did Weyland hire the most idiotic biologist and geologist on purpose? (Seriously, petting the slimy alien snake-thing? Amateur.)Consensus: No. Just dumb.  4. Is Vickers really a robot? (Sure, she's Weyland's "daughter." But David is his "son.") "No. A robot wouldn't have needed to wake up and do exercises after hypersleeping." — In-search-of-answers 5. Did David revenge-kill Tom Hardy's twin? (Or was he simply driven by child-like curiosity?) "Yes. It was revenge for 'David, why do you need a suit? You doesn't breathing anyway.' David really trying to be 'human-like' and really overreacts when humans notices his differences, you can see it in the briefing scene." — Joss13 6. Why did the black goo turn tattooed Ginger Beard into a Dawn of the Dead-Zac-Snyder zombie? "It didn't. It created a weapon." — Eric Miller 7. Why was the surgery pod configured only for men? Was it meant for Weyland all along? And if it was so expensive, couldn't the creators configure it for men and women?"It was 'very expensive equipment' for Weyland. Seriously, it's obvious. It's just 2090, not 2590." — Joss13 8. Why didn't Shaw tell anyone she just pulled an alien fetus out of herself (arcade-game style)?   "It was cut out of the movie. Everyone knew. Ford tried to wake her up and Shaw defies her. After the operation and at the deck, everythingis hunky dory. Even, David acknowledges it with a witty dialogue. Blame the executives for this scenario." — Vamsee Valetti 9. What did David say to the Engineer?  "Depends on whether you think he had his own motivations or not but I think he was plotting the whole time and said something to intentionally anger him and set his plan in motion." — Lukeareyou 10. Was he trying to kill his creator (Weyland)?  "David understood markings well enough to activate the historical holograms. He knew how to communnicate with an Engineer, and ultimately he was able to help Shaw fly one of their ships. So David knows way more than anyone in the movie. He may already know the answer to Shaw's last question. You can't know how to fly a computer driven ship and not know how to access the computer for specific information." — In-search-of-answers 11. Is Vickers really dead? (See #4) "If Vickers was an android, why didn't she just turn right/left to escape the oncoming spaceship?" — Imaute 12. What exactly is the black goo? (A weapon of mass destruction? An evolutionary accelerator?) "Substance designed to weaponize humans, the purpose for which they were created." — Eric Miller "There may be the case that it is all meant for biological warfare of some type. The way these creatures and xenomorphs utilize hosts in a parasitic/symbiotic fashion could be evidence of that." — Genesis_518 "After thought, I think the black goo uses RNA or DNA already present in the ecosystem.(remember they disturbed bugs in the chamber of the vases when walking). And given in past Alien films the offspring take on more characteristics by breeding in different hosts." — Sawkrumbs 13. And of course, the biggie: Why did the Engineers create humans and now want to destroy them? (Did they begin to feel threatened by their creations? Were they "fixing" the actions of a rogue Engineer? Were they really pissed that humans created nukes — and Jersey Shore?) "Why the Engineers don't like us: Perhaps Earth was not the first experiment or humans turned out to be more less than the desired outcome. Let's say the original Alien with the cute psychotic xenomorphs only came about via a mutation originally started by an infected human host. This infection and mutation may have led to the damn-near demise of the Engineers race. Humans + bioform = xenomorphs. Engineers + bioform = dead Engineer. Which is worse?" — smelly_jelly Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: 'Prometheus' Theories: Greek Mythology Offers Answers (SPOILERS) 'Prometheus' Concept Artist Explains How the Movie Fixes 'Alien' 'Prometheus' and Defying the R-Rated Blockbuster Odds ''Prometheus': 13 Questions We Want Answers To — SPOILER-HEAVY
  • 'Prometheus' Theories: Greek Mythology Offers Answers (SPOILERS)
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 09, 2012
    Major spoilers ahead: For anyone who's seen the stunning but puzzling Prometheus, many of us are left with lots of big questions (like these). But the biggest clue might be right under our noses: the name of the movie (and the name of the ship), Prometheus. Lost fans know that the film's co-writer Damon Lindelof was fond of literary references on that show (referencing books like Watership Down and Through the Looking Glass). Some character names had historical or literary double meanings; plus plot points and episode titles often had literary tie-ins.  So did he follow a similar path for the script of Prometheus?  Well, in Greek mythology, the titan Prometheus was the creator of mankind, shaping man out of clay. He learned all kinds of cool skills like math and medicine and taught them to humans.  But, long story short, he did some things to anger Zeus, the chief of the Greek gods — for one, he became too close to the humans and gave mankind too much power (in Zeus' eyes). To punish him, Zeus decided to withhold fire from the humans. (Only sushi and raw veggies for eternity!) In turn, Prometheus defied Zeus, and stole fire to give to man. And, as anyone who's ever read Greek mythology knows, gods are not cool with defiance.  The one-upsmanship continued with Zeus trying to get Prometheus' brother to accept Pandora (yep, that Pandora) as a gift. When he refused, Zeus was even more pissed. So he chained Prometheus, naked, to a rock where an eagle/vulture ate at his liver all day. Every night, his liver would regenerate. So the torture continued day after day.  In an attempt to free him, his brother married Pandora and opened her damned box — and we all know what happened. Evils were released onto mankind: sickness, old age, labor, insanity, vice and passion.  If the screenwriters were inspired by the Greek myth, chew on these theories about the movie: 1. Humans are mere pawns for the Engineers (our creators and "gods") in a clash of the titans.  2. The Engineer in the opening scene gives birth to man and pisses off the other gods for giving humans too much power. Now, "Zeus" wants to unleash hell on earth to punish the creations.  3. In Greek mythology, Prometheus has come to represent human striving and the quest for scientific knowledge (all while taking major risks). David asks the scientist Holloway,"How far would you go to get your answers?" Both he and Shaw represent Prometheus — they're willing to risk it all for their answers.  4. Liver-eating eagle = squiddy alien baby. 5. The spaceship carrying the canisters of black goo is Pandora's Box.  Do you see any other parallels to the Greek myth? Or are they all red herrings? Is there any significance to the fact that fire seemed to be the only thing that could kill the zombified people? What are your theories? Share them in the comments section below! Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: 'Prometheus' Sequel: How Ridley Scott Can Fix It 'Prometheus' Concept Artist Explains How the Movie Fixes 'Alien' 'Prometheus': 13 Questions We Want Answers To — SPOILER-HEAVY Prometheus Greek Mythology
  • 'Prometheus': 13 Questions We Want Answers To — SPOILER-HEAVY
    By: Michelle Lee Jun 09, 2012
    Warning: If you've seen Prometheus, read on. If not, don't read any further (unless you're looking for spoilers).  For its entire run, I was a loyal Lost fan. I hung on to the hope that, one day, the mysteries would be solved and the intricate six-season maze would have a logical end. It didn't.   So, watching Prometheus (co-written by Lostscribe Damon Lindelof), I shouldn't have been entirely surprised to leave the theater with more questions than answers.   And I'm not alone. The is-it-or-isn't-it Alien prequel has opened to mixed reviews among fans (just for the record, we loved it here at Hollywood.com and here's why). Part of the super-fan dissatisfaction? All of those pesky loose ends. Director Ridley Scott has already said he'd love to do sequels, so we can only assume that some of those loose ends will be tied up in future installments.  But in the meantime, some questions that are still gnawing at me a day after watching:    1. What was that nasty DNA tea that the opening scene Engineer drank?    2. Was he following orders and sacrificing himself to create life on another planet or had he gone rogue?    3. Did Weyland hire the most idiotic biologist and geologist on purpose? (Seriously, petting the slimy alien snake-thing? Amateur.)   4. Is Vickers really a robot? (Sure, she's Weyland's "daughter." But David is his "son.")   5. Did David revenge-kill Tom Hardy's twin? (Or was he simply driven by child-like curiosity?)   6. Why did the black goo turn tattooed Ginger Beard into a Dawn of the Dead-Zac-Snyder zombie?    7. Why was the surgery pod configured only for men? Was it meant for Weyland all along? And if it was so expensive, couldn't the creators configure it for men and women?   8. Why didn't Shaw tell anyone she just pulled an alien fetus out of herself (arcade-game style)?      9. What did David say to the Engineer?    10. Was he trying to kill his creator (Weyland)?     11. Is Vickers really dead? (See #4)   12. What exactly is the black goo? (A weapon of mass destruction? An evolutionary accelerator?)   13. And of course, the biggie: Why did the Engineers create humans and now want to destroy them? (Did they begin to feel threatened by their creations? Were they "fixing" the actions of a rogue Engineer? Were they really pissed that humans created nukes — and Jersey Shore?) Share your questions and theories in the comments section and we'll run our favorites in a future story. Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: 'Prometheus' Theories: Greek Mythology Offers Answers (SPOILERS)'Prometheus' Concept Artist Explains How the Movie Fixes 'Alien''Prometheus' Sequel: How Ridley Scott Can Fix ItPrometheus Mysteries
  • Katy Perry and Lookalike Sister: Bikinis and Bungee-Jumping in New Clip
    By: Michelle Lee May 28, 2012
    If your sister was a world-famous multimillionaire pop star, what would your life be like? Based on the new clip from Katy Perry's upcoming 3D movie, Part of Me, it would be filled with water slides, bungee-jumping and being spoon-fed by your famous sister. So, basically, it would be awesome.   Perry has said that the big-screen docu-concert is "the most intimate I've ever been. I mean that in a non-sexual way ... I mean it in a vulnerable way." And it's definitely delivering glimmers of that in the teasers.  Here are five things we learned from the minute-long clip: 1. Katy's sister, Angela, looks freakishly like her.  2. Angela works with Katy. 3. Katy wears big, dangly earrings to the water park.  4. Angela is scared of heights (but Katy makes her bungee jump). 5. Angela turns green after bungee jumping.   Part of Me hits theaters on July 5. Check out the exclusive clip from Yahoo below. Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Katy Perry 3D Trailer: Boobs, Fireworks and… Headgear? Katy Perry and Katy Perry Duet in 'Part of Me' — POSTER 'Part of Me': Count Katy Perry's Crazy Costumes — VIDEO Katy & Sister
  • Reese Witherspoon: Now, THAT'S How You Dress a Baby Bump — PICS
    By: Michelle Lee May 27, 2012
    Plenty's been said lately about stars' pregnancy style (hello, Jessica Simpson). But Reese Witherspoon basically just schooled everyone while promoting her new film, Mud, at the Cannes Film Festival on May 26. The Oscar winner, who's in her second trimester, joked around with co-star Matthew McConaughey and worked the photo circuit in a figure-hugging black dress and pink heels. But the real stunner was her premiere gown — a floor-length sapphire number with cut-outs along the back.  Appropriate. Tasteful. Elegant. Well played, Reese. Well played.  Photo Credit: Wenn Follow Michelle on Twitter @HWMichelleLee More: Pregnant Jessica Simpson's Nude Cover: 6 Moms-to-Be Who Bared All Jessica Simpson: I Want to Give Birth Wearing Leopard Reese Witherspoon, Jessica Simpson & Beyoncé: Meet the New Parents of 2012 Reese bump style
  • 'Most Beautiful Woman in the World' Bullied Over 'Double Chin'
    By: Michelle Lee May 17, 2012
    Jessica Simpson isn't the only star catching the wrath of the pregnancy police. One of Bollywood's hottest stars, actress Aishwarya Rai, is being slammed in India for not losing the baby weight quickly enough. Rai, 38, who gave birth to daughter Aaradhya in November has been put through the ringer by fans and journalists. And it's turning into some real schoolyard ugliness. The worst example? One web site posted a video showing photos of her body with elephant sound effects streaming in the background. (An incredible 500,000 meanies have watched it so far.) Now, the criticism has opened up a fierce debate in India, with some fans suggesting that she should've lost the weight as quickly as fellow mom Victoria Beckham. Still, others are rushing to her defense.  For her part, the former Miss World and L'Oreal spokesperson, who was named The Most Beautiful Woman in the World, says she's trying not to stress out and just wants to "enjoy motherhood."  What do you think? Hasn't this whole baby weight pressure gotten out of control? Should Rai's critics be forced to eat Ring Dings and watch Knocked Up?  More: Tyra Banks Leads the Charge Against Anorexic Models Second Weight Loss Surgery for Carnie Wilson 'Time' Cover Mom on 'Today': My Son Will Breastfeed Another Year — VIDEO
  • Watch 'SNL' Mock 'Time' Magazine's Breastfeeding Mom 
    By: Michelle Lee May 13, 2012
    Like it or not, the buzziest news story of the week has been Time magazine's controversial breastfeeding cover. So, of course, it got the Saturday Night Live treatment it deserved last night on the Will-Ferrell-hosted episode. In a gleefully biting Weekend Update segment, Seth Meyers dissects everything from the mom's expression ("Blue Steel") to the kid's camo pants ("You do realize there aren't enough camouflage pants in the world to hide from the blowback this kid is gonna experience.") And then he goes there, comparing cover mom Jamie Lynn Grumet to the bats**t crazy "I breastfeed my 6-year-old" Queen from Game of Thrones. (Come on, we were all thinking it). Watch the hilarious clip below and sound off in the comments section. What do you think: Was the skewering funny? Mean-spirited? Or a bit of both? More: 'Time' Magazine's Controversial Breastfeeding Cover: Celebs React on Twitter'SNL' Recap: Will Ferrell Returns, Digital Shorts Get Star-Studded Celebration Celeb Mom's Craziest Behavior: 7 in the Spotlight SNL Time Cover