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  • Miranda Kerr — Our Favorite Selfies
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 14, 2014
    Instagram It's difficult to tell which of Miranda Kerr's Instagram photos are from her modelling shoots and which ones are just selfies. She looks simultaneously gorgeous and effortless in all her photos. It just isn't fair. Kerr's Instagram is super glamorous, with a dash of cuteness courtesy of her stuffed animals, her adorable son Flynn, and, of course, those dimples. Check out the best of her Instagram selfies. GALLERY: Miranda Kerr's Best Selfies Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Farrah Abraham Takes a Vow of Celibacy
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 14, 2014
    WENN Happy Valentine's Day! Here are this week's romantic and sexy highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. Your favorite authors had horrifying love lives. Charles Dickens' marriage was haunted by a ghost. T.S. Elliot was pretty awful to his ex-wife. Read more romantic horror stories at Flavorwire. Farrah Abraham wants to be a virgin. The Teen Mom star with the infamous sex tapes says that sex isn't what it used to be, so she's over it. Find out what else she said at Celebuzz. What are the worst dates in cinematic history? From The 40-Year-Old Virgin to Pulp Fiction, VH1 Celebrity has the worst offenders. Is Beyoncé alienating her fan base with provocative performances? Her appearance at the Grammy's was shocking for some of her fans. Find out whether Hollywood.com thinks this is a good move on Bey's part. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Weekly Highlights: Shia LaBeouf's Latest Weirdness and More
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 11, 2014
    www.splashnews.com Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. There are some crazy figure skating outfits in the Olympics. They love their sequins. And feathers. Check out the weirdest outfits at VH1 Celebrity. Shia LaBeouf walked out of an international press conference. He did answer one question though. Find out his crazy answer at Celebuzz. Movie sex scenes can be so awkward. There's been a lot of crazy stuff on the silver screen. Check out the most scarring movie sex scenes at Flavorwire. Did you miss something on TV Sunday night? Hollywood.com has you covered. They have all the highlights from Sunday's busy night of TV and ways to pretend you saw them. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Weekly Highlights: Bill Nye Debates Creationism and More
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 07, 2014
    Answers in Genesis/YouTube Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and right here at Hollywood.com. Scarlett Johansson and Kate Winslet went bare-faced for Vanity Fair. And they still look beautiful. VH1 Celebrity has the pictures. Two of the world's biggest pop stars are performing a duet. They have very different styles, and they're sure to make a splash. Find out who they are on Celebuzz. Bill Nye the Science Guy debated creationism. Your favorite person to watch in school is getting serious. Check out the highlights at Flavorwire. Can you even wait for the new season of Orange Is the New Black?We at Hollywood.com sure can't. Check out some Instagram teasers. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Taylor Swift: Our Favorite Selfies
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 07, 2014
    Instagram Taylor Swift is one of the most followed people on Instagram, but it's surprising how few posts she has. She is one of the least annoying Instagram celebrities, only posting gems showcasing her glamorous, but down-to-earth (relatively) life. There are a lot of pictures of sparkly gowns, cats, and a few gorgeous selfies. Check out her best selfies, all brimming with that wholesome T.Swift charm. GALLERY: Our Favorite Taylor Swift Selfies Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • What Does 'Her' Say About the Future?
    By: Loretta Donelan Feb 03, 2014
    Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. It’s surprising how many of our recent films look back, not forward. Films like American Hustle, The Wolf of Wall Street, and 12 Years A Slave certainly have a lot to say about the modern world, but it’s strange how few films have addressed the growing prevalence of technology. Modern technology has typically played a role in “lesser” media: spy films, Dan Brown novels, and teen dramas. It’s not that these can’t be analyzed. Shows like Gossip Girl, in which the spread of info via smart phones is more certain than any character’s personality, have been looked at critically, but ultimately dismissed as teenybopper fodder. The Bling Ring spoke to the self-verifying power of social media, but it was mostly dismissed for being too boring with too little to say. Unlike party scenes in most films, The Bling Ring’s montages included pictures of Facebook uploads and a large amount of selfie taking. Perhaps the film was intentionally vacant, forcing us to look into what we are told is the life and realizing how empty it is. But it’s Her that dares to really look at what is happening to the grown-ups. The inhabitants of Spike Jonze’s futuristic world walk around with smiles on their faces, but they’re not smiling at the people they see. They’re smiling at what’s going on in their headsets and on their screens. We can see ourselves in these tuned-in city dwellers. Her is first and foremost a romance, the story of a man falling in love with an operating system. Its characters are not social media drones, but intelligent, vulnerable, and complex. Her is not explicit in its warnings about the future, but it does force its viewers to think, to wonder how big a role we would let technology take in our lives. It’s those questions that must be asked, and it’s surprising how few films are asking them. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Weekly Highlights: Will Obama Deport Justin Bieber?
    By: Loretta Donelan Jan 31, 2014
    Ouzounova/Splash News Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. Isn't it the cutest when celebrities appear on Sesame Street? From Tina Fey to Charlize Theron, check out the best celebrity Sesame Street moments at VH1 Celebrity. President Obama will have to address a petition to deport Justin Bieber. Oh, the joys of the US legal system. Find out why this is happening at Celebuzz. Film critics can be pretty sexist. Find out why this is such a problem, and hear about one egregious example, at Flavorwire. Can Miley Cyrus be a good role model? She does (a bit) more than stick her tongue out. Check out five reason why Miley is awesome at Hollywood.com. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Lena Dunham: Our Favorite Selfies
    By: Loretta Donelan Jan 31, 2014
    Instagram Lena Dunham recently stirred up a lot of controversy by posing on the cover of Vogue. Some of Dunham's fans thought that her image was at odds with the image of herself that she presents on her show Girls. Dunham's nude body is frequently featured on the show, and she makes little effort to glamorize herself, which is refreshing in a world of Photoshop and unattainable celebrity bodies. Feminist website Jezebel demanded $10,000 for unretouched images of the shoot, angry that Dunham's image appeared photoshopped.  It seems that Dunham is very honest about herself and her body, and her Instagram really shows that. She has a lot of selfies, but most are goofy rather than glam, though she always looks great. Check out the best of her Instagram in our gallery.  GALLERY: Lena Dunham's Best Selfies Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Weekly Highlights: Hot Guys With Puppies and More
    By: Loretta Donelan Jan 28, 2014
    Vanity Fair/Facebook Here are this week's highlights from VH1, Celebuzz, Flavorwire, and Hollywood.com. The Doctor has a new look. It's pretty rare for Doctor Who to change the Doctor's outfit, but it looks like Peter Capaldi's Doctor will have a rebellious new look. Find out what it will be at Flavorwire. What is better than puppies?Hot celebrities with puppies is the correct answer. Check 'em out at VH1 Celebrity. Did Taylor Swift expect to win a Grammy?This GIF sure makes it seem like it. See her face go from happy-surprised to just surprised at Celebuzz. There are some romantic movies that even guys like. Because some rom-coms have Natalie Portman in them. Check out Hollywood.com's list of romantic movies for men. Follow @Hollywood_com //
  • Spike Jonze on the Fashion of 'Her,' Nic Cage, and Pixar
    By: Loretta Donelan Jan 26, 2014
    Getty Images Spike Jonze, the director of the critically acclaimed Her, turned to the pit of tech obsession that is Reddit on Friday. He was thorough and thoughtful in his answers, the best of which you can read here. On the inspiration for Her: "The idea I guess I originally had almost 10 years ago, from when I had an IM chat with an artificial program online, and it was really limited obviously, it was Alicebot or one of those things (I can't remember what the name was exactly). And from that I had the initial idea of a man having a relationship with an artificial intelligence program. But then it was probably wasn't until 5 years later that I started thinking about it more as a way to write about relationships, and trying to understand them." His favorite animated films: "The first one I thought of was WALL-E. Who Framed Roger Rabbit, probably most of Pixar's stuff, Pixar's an amazing company, where creative really comes first. It's really unique to see a company that big whose decisions are driven so creatively." The inspiration for the "Praise You" music video: "The love of dance. And wanting to share it with as many people in front of the movie theater as possible." On the character of Samantha in Her: "I think the way we approached in writing it and working on it with Joaquin and Scarlett was to not differentiate her feelings from our feelings. We tried to approach her as her own fully sentient and conscious being with her own sets of needs and insecurities and doubts as you were saying. The obvious difference is that she doesn't have a physical form. And we explore the complications of that. And also, I was exploring the idea of how you don't really know what exactly she is, and can Joaquin / Theodore give himself over to that. And how that's similar to how we don't fully ever know how anyone exactly sees the world from their own subjective view, and the people we're closest to have their own experience of the world that we'll never truly know. And thank you for your thoughtful question." The person whose head he would like to inhabit: "I am curious what it would be like inside George W. Bush's head. I find him kind of sweet and sad. Have you seen his paintings? 15 minutes would probably be enough though." On directing Nicolas Cage in Adaptation: "You know what was wild about working with Nic on that movie, was that he just gave himself over completely. I asked him when we I asked him when we were in rehearsal how he liked to work and how he liked to be directed and he said, completely genuinely, "I want to work however you work."' On the fashion of Her: "The mustache and the name Theodore and the pants came from the idea that oftentimes fashion and naming children and style goes in cycles, and having elements from the 1920's come back in style seemed like an interesting way to create the future. And Theodore and his mustache came from Theodore Roosevelt. Sarah Vowell loves Theodore Roosevelt and talks about him a lot." On the Seth Rogan parody of Her: "I just saw it! Someone just sent it to me, actually Judd just sent it to me. Did I just namedrop Judd? Yes. It's awesome. Seth Rogen is one funny man. Thank you Seth for honoring us with your absurdity!" On the future of Her:"...But you know, the ideas behind the design were that we were trying to create a world where everything felt warm, and comfortable, easy, accessible, but even in a world where you seemingly have everything you'd want, there's still loneliness and longing and the need to connect. That seems like a particularly contemporary form of melancholy. So early on in design, KK Barrett (our production designer) and I decided that we weren't going to worry about being futurists in any way in terms of technology and design, and let ourselves create a future design aesthetic that excited us and pleased us." On working with Arcade Fire on Her: "I gotta say as a fan of Arcade Fire, it was pretty special to be working with them in their studio in Montreal, the way they wrote the music was very communal and we would all sit around and watch scenes and whoever had an idea would pick up an instrument and start playing it." On fonts: "Helvetica's the best! What other typeface can compete?" On casting Joaquin Phoenix: "Joaquin was my first choice, and at first I wasn't sure if he was right for this character but I knew he'd be amazingly compelling to watch onscreen. I love him as an actor, he's so alive, and I knew that in a movie where you're watching one person onscreen essentially he would be really compelling. But I wasn't sure if he'd be right for this character. But I saw this interview of him on Letterman where he went on to apologize for being such a lunatic the year before when he "quit acting to be a rapper", and in the interview Letterman was giving him a real hard time, and he was embarrassed and laughing and apologizing and Letterman kept saying "So you used this footage from my show and you said it was a documentary, so you didn't have to pay for it, but it wasn't a documentary, turns out it was a scripted movie, so I guess you guys owe me a million dollars?" And Joaquin was laughing, and they kept pushing him, and eventually Joaquin said 'Can't we just talk about this after the show?'" Read the rest of the AMA on Reddit. Follow @Hollywood_com //