Idris Elba is full of surprises. The British actor was so convincing On “The Wire” as Stringer Bell, the Baltimore drug kingpin in business school, that the first time I heard him talk out of character, I was shocked to discover that he is very, very British. And apparently, Idris has his eye on an iconic British role. Bond, James Bond. “It’s a rumor,” he said on NPR this week. “My dad and I were talking about this the other day. I would do it, but I don’t want to be called the first black James Bond. Do you understand what I ‘m saying? Sean Connery wasn’t the Scottish James Bond and Daniel Craig wasn’t the blue-eyed James Bond. So if I played him, I don’t want to be called the black James Bond.” Fair enough.
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Adele‘s “Someone Like You” is the most gut-wrenching song ever. As in, I had to stop listening to it because it just brought me to a dark place. And now, following her bonkers performance of the song at the MTV VMAs, Adele has released the video for the song. It shows her walking along the river in Paris, by herself, in black and white. And then maybe meeting the guy she’s singing to at a cafe and watching him walk away? Adele, of course, looks stunning. And the overall effect is simple and very heart-tugging. Keep reading »
Patti Stanger did not make many friends this week when she argued that gay men aren’t into monogamous relationships. “There is no curbing the gay,” she said on “Watch What Happens Live” in front of Andy Cohen looking like he just got run over by an angry real housewife. “I’ve tried to curb you people and you just don’t … I’ve decided to throw in the towel and say ‘do what you want,’” Patti continued. Cue Bravo reeling to distance themselves from Patti’s words, since gay men are one of their primary audiences.
Hearing Patti say this, I thought, “Wow. That just isn’t true. I can name 10 gay couples in my social orbit who have been together for eons, I assume monogamously.” Not to mention the fact that for gay marriage to be the kind of issue that it is, some gay men have to want it. Then today I saw a Census statistic that proves Patti isn’t right about “you people.” Apparently, not only has the number of same-sex couples jumped 80 percent since 2000 (an indication that people are increasingly willing to declare their sexual orientation the Census), but 1 in 5 gay couples are married. Which is a high percentage considering that it’s only legal in seven states. In those seven states, 42 percent of same-sex couples have gotten married—a higher rate than straight couples. I only wish this study had separated out stats for gay and lesbian couples so I could really stick it to Patti with the numbers. [Washington Post]
Now, for the record, I love Patti Stanger. I think she is brilliant and tells it like it is. But she does have a habit of making an “iron-clad” law out of preferences she has noticed. For example, her claim that men just don’t like red heads. Or curly hair. Or that men only notice women in tight cocktail dresses. After the jump, I debunk some of Patti’s relationship myths, both anecdotally and scientifically.
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Two things we absolutely love: Joseph Gordon-Levitt and old-school Axl Rose. So imagine how much we loved Joseph Gordon-Levitt singing Kelly Clarkson’s “Since U Been Gone” in the style of Axl Rose Tuesday night on “Late Night With Jimmy Fallon.” “This guy does the best Axl Rose,” Jimmy said before challenging Joseph to sing a random song as the lead singer of Guns n’ Roses. Of course, Jimmy kicked things off by performing “Pumped Up Kicks” as David Bowie, and the two finished with a duet of Lady Gaga’s “Edge of Glory.” [Washington Post]
Holly Madison is starring in “Peepshow,” and fully recognizes that her breasts are her “primary money makers” right now. That’s why she has taken out an insurance policy to the tune of $1 million with insurance company Lloyd’s of London to protect them. “I’ve heard about people getting body parts insured and I thought, why not?, because if anything happened to my boobs, I’d be out for a few months and I’d probably be out a million dollars,” she said. “I thought I’d cover my assets.” [People]
After the jump, some other celebs with very valuable body parts.
Rumors are flying fast and furious about the state of Ashton Kutcher and Demi Moore‘s marriage. Star magazine alleges that the couple has been living apart for months—Kutcher filming “Two and a Half Men” in Los Angeles while Moore is in New York making “Magic Mike“—and that they are really over. A source told the magazine, “[They're] just putting on a show until they officially split.” The mag predicts a bitter divorce over the couple’s $290 million in assets. I’m still hoping all this is totally false—I’ve always loved Aston and Demi together. But I guess we’ll have to wait and see.
Meanwhile, a 23-year-old blonde alleges that she hooked up with Kutcher a week ago, which happened to be Ashton and Demi’s six year anniversary. So who is this girl Ashton allegedly slept with? Find out all about Sara Leal after the jump.
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Last night’s epsiode of “America’s Next Top Model” was a rollicking good time. It was fun to watch Kristin Cavallari give the girls tips on striking while the iron is hot on their reality TV fame. And I am so excited that the gals finally did an interesting photo shoot—posing atop high fashion stilts. But the most comical part of the episode was during judging panel, when Tyra Banks went gaga over Allison’s photo and reveled in the fact that Allison had popped her butt out to accentuate her shape. Tyra, of course, dubbed this move the “booty tooch” a few seasons back. But she seemed so excited, it was like she had discovered it for the first time. From there, the word ‘tooch’ was repeated about 20 times in a span of 30 seconds. And Tyra asked Kristin to try a booty tooch, while Nigel ended up looking like a dirty old man in this still as he watched her. Welcome to the new ‘smize.’ [AOL TV]
“Step … Stepmother, Stepfather, Stepchildren—the word ‘step’ can take on such a negative connotation to so many in our society. A family is a family. In my eyes, there’s no ‘step’ about it … It’s not easy being a stepparent, taking on a mother or father role in your new blended family and household. It can be incredibly intimidating … One thing that I know is, I will never replace their mother. I would never try. I will however love them with all I have and do everything in my power to help raise them in a loving, safe and proper environment … These two little boys came into my life for a reason and I think I came into theirs for a reason, too.”
—LeAnn Rimes writes on her blog her assorted thoughts on being a stepmom to Eddie Cibrian’s two sons. Personally, I think her attitude on this is pretty great. What do you think? [via Huffington Post]
“I consider ‘groupie’ a sexist term. I think it’s a misused term. I’ve seen Jerry Hall called a groupie in the English press, and this is a girl who gave Mick Jagger four babies, and how many years did she spend with him? When people just decide that every woman in rock and roll is a groupie because she dated a rock star or two, that’s when I draw the line. A groupie was the girl that came backstage offering the blow jobs to the crew or this or that. I was a rock girlfriend … I had lovely boyfriends. I think for your first three boyfriends to be Mick Jagger, Todd Rungren, and David Bowie, I think that’s okay.”
—Bebe Buell, aka the mother of Liv Tyler, talks to New York magazine about her reputation as one of the most famous groupies of all time. You gotta admit, homegirl did pretty well for herself back in the day. In addition to these guys, she was also linked to, duh, Steven Tyler and Elvis Costello. But Bebe didn’t just date rock stars. She also makes music. In fact, her first big album, Hard Love, drops soon.
Kelly Clarkson is a smartie when it comes to matters of the heart. I mean, she did sing “Since U Been Gone.” But now she has more wisdom to pass on to us. “[Dating is] like an ‘American Idol‘ audition,” she said in a recent interview. “The worst ones are the most confident … And the same thing goes for my dating life. The worst guys are the most confident with me.” Everyone loves an unexpected analogy, right? Kelly’s words have inspired me to round up other celebrities who’ve made great analogies about love, dating, and relationships. Tell us your favorite in the comments section.