Welcome to Obsessed, a new weekly feature in which we shamelessly gush about our latest pop-culture preoccupation. This week, we're fangirling over ABC's "Nashville."
Confession: I did not want to watch "Nashville." I can't specify why exactly, but it looked like it might be a touch cheesy or lame. And I certainly didn't want or expect to become totally and completely obsessed with it, no siree. But here I am, plain ol' drunk on its sassy, sparkly, slightly-soapy-but-totally-sexy Southern comfort.
The plot is centered on aging country star Rayna Jaymes (Connie Britton) and her struggle to stay relevant in an ever-changing, youth-obsessed industry. Hayden Panettiere plays the evil side of the pretty-young-thing problem in the form of current country sensation Juliette Barnes, and boy oh boy is she trouble; the conniving, career-climbing, man-eating, gives-good-girls-a-bad-name kind of trouble. And despite my misgivings about this not wholly original setup, Connie and Hayden add surprising spice to the mix to make it special. Be sure to keep your eyes on Clare Bowen (who plays the nicer, more innocent Scarlett O'Connor) as well. In fact, I dare you to try and take your eyes off her during the pilot's last few minutes. This young woman is a scene stealer in the making, for sure.
As if you needed any more reasons to love or be charmed by Anna Kendrick, I am delighted to present a hilarious exchange between the actress and her "Pitch Perfect" co-star Brittany Snow. I know what you're thinking, "Is it hilarious because they talk about how funny their new movie is?" Well no, we covered that here, but it is hilarious because the conversation is about the unnecessary shame Brittany feels in reading "Fifty Shades of Grey" and the intriguing story about how she came to own the book, all because I asked an innocent question about what the ladies were reading.
"What am I reading? No, now I can't say it, I'm going to be weird," Brittany said, which led me to ask her directly if she was reading "50 Shades," since that's the only book people seem shy to admit they are reading.
"Oh my God, you are, you dirty little bird!" Anna exclaimed. "I can't believe I was naked with you!" ("Pitch Perfect" SPOILER ALERT: The two ladies share a singing-in-the-shower scene that is awesome for non-pervy reasons.)
"I just started it and I'm so scared to read it," Brittany said.
"Have you gotten to the dirty bits yet?" Anna asked.
For those of you who got a kick out of the cute-but-vague season two teaser for "Girls" earlier this month, we have some more detailed fun to add to your excitement, straight from the ladies in question.
When MTV News caught up with Lena Dunham, Allison Williams and Zosia Mamet at HBO's star-studded Emmys party recently, we asked them to give us the insider scoop on what goes down in the upcoming season, particularly what guest stars Patrick Wilson and Donald Glover might be up to.
"Patrick Wilson is amazing and so ugly it's so problematic how ugly Patrick Wilson is," Lena joked. "I know it's sort of a clammy joke but what can you say about Patrick Wilson? And he's an amazing actor. He does something really amazing on the show that I'm really excited for people to see. There is the cutest assemblage of boys on the show this season, in addition to our regulars. [Donald] Glover and Patrick are who have been revealed and there are some other surprises who I think are equally delicious."
In addition to all the singing and dancing we look forward to seeing each week on "Glee," some of the most enjoyable (and sometimes fantastical) elements of the show revolve around the ever-evolving relationship drama among all the characters—their changing partners, crushes, bad decisions, etc.
Judging from preview clips, it looks like we can expect a romance between the two newest additions to McKinley High—Jake and Marley. What kind of romance the future holds for these two, we don't yet know. Thankfully, we were able to get some answers from Jake himself recently, via the man who plays him, Jacob Artist.
"I think they kind of connect on a lot of levels. I think their backgrounds and their family histories are something they both bond over, and I think that's going to be something that brings them together," Jacob said. "But we'll see what happens with the two of them."
We then brought up the fact that as the cute new dude in school, it might be better for him to take some time before coupling up, particularly since all of those girls are adorable.
Who's ready for another Britney Spears tribute episode of "Glee?" We are, as long as the reason they're singing and dancing to Britney doesn't involve being high on anesthesia. Anyway! The "Britney 2.0" episode drops tomorrow night, and lucky for us, cute newbie Jacob Artist recently swung by our offices to give us a tantalizing preview.
"'Britney 2.0' it's definitely everything you got the first time around but I think on a little bit bigger scale," Jacob said. "There's some awesome dance numbers and some stripped down acoustic numbers. It's a really great episode."
Are we doing enough to get you excited for the release of "The Perks of Being a Wallflower?" The movie is almost here, with a limited release this weekend in New York and L.A., expanding elsewhere next week, and MTV News is doing its part to set the stage for a proper welcome via MTV First: "The Perks of Being a Wallflower," a celebration of sorts for what this writer has already gushed about as an instant-classic.
Anyway! As we count down the days to the film's release, we're introducing you to the five pivotal characters of "Perks." Today let's say hello to my favorite character, Patrick, a friend I desperately wish I had made in high school.
We've already discussed several selling points of your next favorite raunchy female-led comedy "Bachelorette," chief among them the lovely ladies-behaving-badly angle, but to further seal the deal in advance of the film's theatrical release tomorrow, we thought we'd share another engaging bit of video featuring the film's stars Kirsten Dunst, Lizzy Caplan, Isla Fisher and Rebel Wilson, plus writer/director Leslye Headland, in which the group addresses the evolution of how women are being depicted in films and finally being allowed to be funny.
"Women have always been as funny as guys, we just had a little bit of a drought there where they weren't writing movies for funny women," Lizzy said. "It's very very frustrating and upsetting to watch guys get to be funny in a comedy and not have anything funny to do. Yeah, the tides are [turning]. Women have been funny in the past in movies and now we are seeing more and more of that again in waves."
If you have yet to familiarize yourself with the good-girls-gone-bad intrigue associated with the movie "Bachelorette," we're pretty sure that cast members Kirsten Dunst, Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan will soon convince you to see their hilarious shenanigans in the film when it opens in limited release Friday (September 7).
The film revolves around three less-than-angelic bridesmaids whose cynical, self-absorbed lifestyles threaten to ruin the bride's (Rebel Wilson) big day. When MTV News caught up with the ladies recently, we asked them to address their characters' less-than-perfect-ness and whether they found anything redeemable to play up in their performances.
"I think their friendship is admirable," said Lizzy. "They've maintained this really close friendship for many, many years and not everyone can do that."
"I think the fact that my character works at Club Monaco, that's also very admirable," joked Isla.
That Taylor Swift sure knows how to write ridiculously catchy tunes. The VMA performer's new record-breaking single, "We Are Never Ever Getting Back Together," is nearly impossible to get out of your head, and its corresponding video is equally enthralling.
In addition to being delighted by the clip's lighthearted and whimsical tone, one of the most enjoyable elements is Taylor's tall, dark and hot "ex" in the video, played by model-turned-actor Noah Mills. MTV News was lucky enough to snag a sit-down interview with Noah recently to
get lost in his eyes get the goods on his experience shooting the vid.
"When I met her and then [director Declan Whitebloom], they very much have this [shorthand]. They like to keep it light and jokey," he explained. "It's really smart, really witty and really quick. It was one take for the whole video, and then they had the band in those animal outfits which they were stoked about. They pitched the idea, and I understood it. The inspiration is pretty obvious."
When asked for his opinion on the quick costume changes that Swift described, Noah admitted that he had it easier because all he had to do was change shirts. And not only that, but he has plenty of experience with the quick-change trick, thanks to his work in fashion shows.
We're not ones to get too nosy about celebs and their personal lives, but we will definitely admit to awwwwing over celebrity couples we like (see: Andrew Garfield and Emma Stone, Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth, and Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard). That list also includes Kirsten Dunst and Garrett Hedlund, thanks in large part to an adorable video Kirsten tweeted recently that showed Garrett feeding and be-friending a squirrel.
When MTV News caught up with Kirsten recently during the press day for her very funny, delightfully dark and twisted movie "Bachelorette," we had to ask her about that too-cute moment.
"I tweeted a video of Garrett feeding a squirrel," Kirsten explained to her co-stars Isla Fisher and Lizzy Caplan, who hadn't yet seen the cuteness. "He's like an animal whisperer," she said.
"Really?" asked Lizzy. "He's like Snow White!"