Last night celebs of the silver screen convened at the Royal Opera House in London, England to attend the 2010 British Academy Film Awards which are, essentially, the British Oscars. It THRILLS me beyond belief to pass along the news that The Hurt Locker took home the top prize, pretty much shutting out Avatar from all the big trophies. Kathryn Bigelow became the first woman to win the BAFTA Best Director award and her film won 6 of its 8 nominations. Not too shabby, right? Here are a few photos from the red carpet arrivals and some deets about who won what at last night’s BAFTAs:
The inevitability of a major Oscar-night skirmish between Kathryn Bigelow’s “The Hurt Locker” and James Cameron’s “Avatar” continued to grow over the weekend. The Iraq war film won six of the eight categories in which it was nominated at Sunday night’s British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards. Cameron’s 3-D fantasia was shut out of the major categories, as ex-wife Bigelow became the first woman to take the BAFTAs’ Best Director honor.” The film about a bomb-disposal unit in Iraq also won Best Picture, Cinematography, Editing, Sound and Original Screenplay (for screenwriter Mark Boal). Bigelow dismissed talk of a rivalry with Cameron, saying she was “real honored” to be nominated alongside her former husband. Cameron shouldn’t feel bad, also swept in the major categories was Quentin Tarantino, whose Nazi drama “Inglourious Basterds” got blanked with the exception of a Best Supporting Actor win for the amazing Christoph Waltz. “Avatar” did manage to notch wins for Best Production Design and Special Visual Effects. Jason Reitman’s downsizing drama “Up in the Air” won for Best Adapted Screenplay, beating out such serious competition as “District 9,” “An Education,” “In the Loop” and “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire.” English actors had a good night, with Colin Firth winning Leading Actor honors (over “Crazy Heart” strummer Jeff Bridges) for his role in “A Single Man” as a college professor struggling to find the meaning of life after the death of his longtime partner. Newcomer Carey Mulligan took home the Leading Actress prize for her lauded breakout role in “An Education.” Both drew healthy applause, but one of the loudest ovations on the red carpet came for Kristen Stewart of “Twilight” fame. The Los Angeles native took home the night’s only audience-voted award, the Orange Rising Star prize, in which she aced out Mulligan, Jesse Eisenberg (“Zombieland”), Nicholas Hoult (“A Single Man”) and Tahar Rahim (“A Prophet”). Continuing a string of pre-Oscar wins, Mo’Nique won the Best Supporting Actress award for her harrowing work as a harsh mother in “Precious.” Duncan Jones, the son of British rock icon David Bowie, won the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for his trippy space film “Moon,” and “Up” won the trophy for Best Animated Film and Best Score for Michael Giacchino.
Damn!! This is amazing news for Bigelow and The Hurt Locker! I knew that the film would do well at the BAFTAs but I did not expect it to practically pull off a clean sweep. I truly hope this bodes well for the film’s performance at the Academy Awards here in Hollywood, CA next month. Wow … just … wow. After the jump, check out some photos from the BAFTA press room and see some photos of some of the winners with their coveted awards … More »
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A couple of weeks ago, Neil Patrick Harris shared a personal photo on Twitter of Jennifer Lopez on the set of his CBS sitcom How I Met Your Mother and today we get to see the first official promo still from that episode. As you can see from the following photo, J. Lo‘s character Anita Appleby is puttin’ the serious moves on NPH‘s character Barney Stinson:
The official first look of “How I Met Your Mother” episode that reveals how Jennifer Lopez translates to the sitcom has been released. In the new still, Lopez’s Anita Appleby is in the position to seduce Neil Patrick Harris’ Barney. According to earlier reports, Anita is a self-help guru who helps Robin in taming the womanizer. Anita makes it her mission to “break” Barney. There is no date yet for the episode but it will be within the March run … “How I Met Your Mother” is taking a break for the Winter Olympics coverage but will be back on March 1 with Carrie Underwood as guest.
J. Lo looks good, y’all. Her booty is bangin’ and Barney looks like putty in Anita‘s hands. I’m gonna go out on a limb and say that these might might actually do the do … er, well, on the show that is ;) HIMYM is pulling out all the stops in these upcoming eps … be on the look out for a bunch of great guest stars. Which of the show’s upcoming guests are you most excited to see?
Great news for fans of the GI Joe toys and cartoon of the 80′s … according to a new report, there is a possibility that the Cobra Crimson Twins, TOMAX and XAMOT, will be featured in the upcoming sequel to GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra. Script writers Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick have suggested in a new interview that the twin baddies may be written into the sequel … which sends the 13 year old boy inside me squealing with delight:
Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick, who have been hired to write the script for “G.I. Joe 2″, recently shared their idea to use more characters from the toy line in the upcoming movie. MTV later tried to get more information about who will be brought into the sequel, asking the two whether the new characters will include Tomax and Xamot who are also known as Crimson Twins. Refusing to confirm or rule out the possibility, Reese answered, “Oh yeah, well–,” before adding with a laugh “… okay, maybe.” He further told MTV, “I can’t say. You may have just read it off my face but I can’t say. Can’t say.” Crimson Twins or Crimson Guard Commanders, consisting of Tomax and Xamot, are the code names of identical mirror twin brothers in the “G.I. Joe” universe. Together they are the co-leaders of Cobra’s elite troops, the Crimson Guard. As for “G.I. Joe 2″, Stephen Sommers who directed “G.I. Joe: Rise of Cobra” is slated to return to the same position. Meanwhile, the original cast members, such as Channing Tatum and Sienna Miller, are expected to reprise their roles as they reportedly have signed on for the sequel, which has yet to set any release date.
SQUEEEEEE!! Now, I realize that I am in the minority here but I loved GI Joe: The Rise of Cobra and I am very much looking forward to the sequel. Sure, the movie wasn’t the best movie ever but I felt they did a great job bringing the beloved GI Joe characters to life … cheesy life, no question. TOMAX and XAMOT are among my fave GI Joe characters (who, some of you may already know, are twin brothers who finish each other’s sentences, feel each other’s physical pain and ALWAYS work together) and I can’t even express how excited I am at this news. Are there any other GI Joe fans out there? Who’s excited with me?
Posted under: 'G.I. Joe', TOMAX, XAMOT
Rihanna celebrated her 22nd birthday in style this past Saturday at a party thrown in her honor by her current boyfriend, LA Dodgers baseball player Matt Kemp. Kemp decided to grace Ri Ri with a lap dance at a club in Arizona … tho it wasn’t he that was performing for Rihanna. It was a stripper who goes by the professional name “Bridget the Midget“:
Rihanna celebrated her birthday on Saturday night with boyfriend Matt Kemp, a few close friends … and a little person who gives lap dances. It all went down in Arizona … during a weekend in which RiRi went barhopping in Scottsdale … The tiny dancer is “Bridget the Midget,” a porn star who also appeared on “Cathouse.”
As you might imagine, there is video of this special performance by Bridget for Rihanna. Funny enough, Bridget was dancing to the song Hard from Ri Ri‘s new album Rated R. Check out a vid clip after the jump … More »
Lindsay Lohan, who spent some time in the UK recently, gave a confessional interview to the British tabloid newspaper The Sun wherein she openly discussed her past drug use and proclaims her current sobriety. As best I can remember, this is the most open that L. Lo has been with a publication about her drug use ever … which makes for a fascinating read:
HOLLYWOOD wild child LINDSAY LOHAN today lays bare the extent of her drug addiction – and confesses she came close to killing herself through a heady mix of alcohol, cocaine and mind-bending drugs. And she tells of her “terror” at collapsing on her bathroom floor after taking sleeping pills. The bisexual actress, who has been to rehab three times and was jailed after being caught with cocaine, has always played down the extent of her drug abuse. But today the 23-year-old star of hit films such as Herbie Fully Loaded and Mean Girls sensationally reveals she hit rock bottom – and risked blowing her entire career. Speaking exclusively to The Sun she tells how her problems got worse when her father MICHAEL, a former drug addict and jailbird who beat up Lindsay’s mother DINA, started talking to the Press about his daughter in 2007. Lindsay, nicknamed Li-Lo, says: “When my father was going public, that’s when I hit rock bottom. I abused substances too much and it wasn’t the answer to my problems. People need to know that. I tried to mask my problems with alcohol, cocaine and mind-altering substances. Now I’m in a place where I don’t need to use anything and I can feel emotions because I choose to. I learnt from my mistakes and I’m now healthy and happier. I never want to be close to losing everything I worked for and aspired to have my whole life. Mind-altering substances are so dangerous. If I can teach others, especially teens, by sharing my experiences, then that’s what I will continue to do. I’ve made some dreadful mistakes but learned from them – that has probably saved my life.”
Wow … I mean, just because Lindsay is saying these things doesn’t necessarily mean she’s taken them to heart … but still, a public confessional like this does bode well for her supposed healthy new lifestyle. Her chat with The Sun goes on from here — and Lindsay has much more to say. After the jump, check out a photo of Lindsay taken for publication in The Sun (with reporter Emma Cox) and some from her tell-all interview … More »
Posted under: 'The Sun', Lindsay Lohan
Last Friday we learned that happy news that popstar/actress Hilary Duff and hockey player Mike Comrie got themselves engaged to be wed while they vacationed in Hawaii (and over the weekend we saw just how thankful Hil D. was to get her fat ring) and today we get to see photos of Hila-rie making their way home from their holiday:
Hilary was well aware of the paparazzi presence at the airport as the couple tried to leave so she did her best to try and hide the big, fat diamond she was wearing on her finger … apparently, Hilary was feeling more shy at the airport than she was on the balcony of the couple’s hotel. She did manage to inadvertently flash her ring tho — check out the size of her new engagement rock after the jump … More »
Posted under: Hilary Duff, Mike Comrie
Whoa!! People magazine is reporting that Ryan Phillippe and long-time girlfriend Abbie Cornish have broken up … due to infidelity! As you may recall, Ryan and ex-wife Reese Witherspoon split a few years ago because he fell in love and started fooling around with Abbie while the pair filmed their movie Stop-Loss together. Ryan and Abbie have been together since 2006 … but now, apparently, are no longer. Rabbie is dunzo, y’all!!
It’s over between actress Abbie Cornish and boyfriend Ryan Phillippe, her spokesperson confirms to PEOPLE exclusively. “Abbie ended the relationship with Ryan and she moved out of their home,” the rep tells PEOPLE. On Sunday, the actress was spotted removing her belongings from the house she shared with Phillippe while he visited a friend with children Ava and Deacon. The split follows months of tabloid speculation that Phillippe has been unfaithful to Cornish – regularly hitting the nightclubs and being linked to other women. When asked about the cause of the break-up and whether Phillippe cheated on Cornish, her rep replied, “No comment.” Cornish, 27, and Phillippe, 35, met in 2006 on the set of the film, Stop-Loss, and survived intense media scrutiny following Phillippe’s divorce from Reese Witherspoon. Cornish has been in Vancouver for the last seven months shooting the film, Sucker Punch. Reps for Phillippe could not be reached for comment.
Ugh … I can’t say that I’m surprised at all. As much as I love Ryan, Abbie had to know that if you take up with a dude who cheats on his wife to be with you then you run the risk of getting cheated on yourself somewhere down the line. I’m not necessarily of the mind that “once a cheater, always a cheater” but the chances are likely that cheaters can be repeat offenders … Phillippe here proves that fact. My first thought, since Reese is newly single again too, was that perhaps this is a chance for Witherppe to get back together again … but something tells me that prolly won’t happen. Ah well … Rabbie had a pretty good run. Clearly Ryan was lookin’ for greener pastures … mebbe one day, he’ll finally find them.
UPDATE: Ryan Phillippe is now giving his side of this break-up story. Hollywood Life brings us his exclusive statement on the split after the jump … More »
Back in August we saw photos of Twilight star Taylor Lautner in the pages of Entertainment Weekly magazine and in November we saw photos of Lautner in Rolling Stone magazine … today we get to see a few outtake photos of the now very legal Taylor Lautner from both of those magazine shoots … and, believe me, they are worth seeing:
All of these new outtake photos look pretty good but, as I’m sure you can imagine, the Rolling Stone photos are the better ones. Check out 2 outtakes from the EW shoot and 2 from the RS shoot and see which ones are YOUR faves … More »
When last we saw mama Jamie Lynn Spears with her daughter Maddie Briann in the company of JL‘s pappy Jamie Spears, the three of them were stepping out for lunch in Kentwood, LA … today, we see the Spears group making their grand arrival here in SoCal this week:
It’s nice to see that JL has been spending so much time with her father … so much so that she decided to come back home to LA to spend more time with him and with big sister Britney Spears. The Spears clan has been hanging out a lot this week (tho, they’ve not been making a spectacle of it) which is great news. The family appears to be settling into a strange normalcy again … absent for many years now. It’s unclear how long JL and Maddie will be staying in SoCal but I hope they stick around for a while. I’d love to see Britney and JL out and about together :)
[Photo credit: Fame]
Posted under: Jamie Lynn Spears
Last night I ventured out to see my first concert of 2010 and I was thrilled that my first show of the new decade was performed by my Detroit homie Brendan Benson. Benson, as some of you may know, has spent the last few years playing in The Raconteurs with Jack White (who also hails from Detroit Rock City) but I’ve been a fan of his for years before he joined The Raconteurs and was just a solo act. It’s been many years but the last time I saw Brendan Benson play solo, he was performing on Woodward Ave. as part of Rock City Fest in downtown Detroit. Needless to say, it was quite a treat to see him playing here in LA last night:
Brendan released his latest solo album My Old, Familiar Friend last August and this tour is in support of that fantastic album. After the jump, check out a few photos that I snapped of Benson on stage at Troubadour in West Hollywood, CA last night … More »
Posted under: Brendan Benson