And the plot thickens... According to the brother of deceased "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" author Stieg Larsson, a fifth "Millennium" series novel exists. And, yes, that's no typo. Joakim Larsson told CBS' Sunday Morning show (via BBC News) that Stieg skipped the fourth book in the series to pen the fifth. "This book number four, that's book number five, because he thought that was more fun to write than book number four," he said.
No word on the fifth novel's plot, though it can be assumed the work revolves around punk computer hacker Lisbeth Salander and the staff of Millennium magazine led by intrepid investigative reporter Mikael Blomkvist. Stieg told his brother just 10 days before his death that the manuscript was "nearly finished." Fans of the series shouldn't get too excited, though. Joakim and his father told CBS the manuscript would never be published.
Not too long ago, celebrated Hollywood star Keanu Reeves was photographed sitting on a park bench looking, well, kinda sad. For some reason that photo struck a nerve with millions of Internet users (seriously, millions) who decided to put their own stamp on the photo—both by reporting it and by creating their own Photoshopped interpretations of the now-famous pic.
Then, a few months later Keanu was snapped again, almost in the same pose as the original photo, only this time he was on the set of his new film, "Generation Um."
When MTV caught up with the actor recently at the Toronto International Film Festival, we asked him about the second photo, the one with the cupcake.
"It was a lovely [birthday] gift from Jessica at Technicolor," he revealed, adding that even though there has been much ado about that photo, the story behind it is not too exciting. Including his birthday celebration.
For as reclusive as Johnny Depp appears to be, he sure knows how to make a splash (without even walking the plank!). According to BBC News, the actor showed up to an England primary school dressed as his "Pirates of the Caribbean" alter ego Captain Jack Sparrow.
According to the report, Johnny showed up to the school after receiving a letter from a 9-year-old student pleading for the Captain's help mounting a mutiny against her teachers (um, adorable). Wisely, Johnny told the girl that a mutiny might get her and her classmates into trouble.
Mr. Depp's drop-in got us thinking about other actors we'd like to have come in character to our school or place of work. Cast your vote in our poll after the jump! And as always, if we forgot one of your favorites, leave a comment. (While you're at it, check out our flipbook of other places Johnny could show up in character. Don Juan DeMarco in a convent? Hilarious!)
Vampocracy! Vamptatorship! The Democratic Republic of Sparkly Vampires!
...Oh, sorry, we're just practicing—because with fang-related characters on two notable lists of powerful people just released by Forbes and Entertainment Weekly, it looks like the "Twilight Saga" is ready to take over the world (even more than it has already)!
First up: Forbes' list of the planet's 100 most powerful women, featuring author Stephenie Meyer sitting dead-center at spot No. 49. Not that her heavyweight status was ever in doubt; not only does she have six bestselling novels and a multimillion-dollar movie deal under her belt, but Meyer has single-handedly convinced an entire generation of teenage girls that the best possible boyfriend is one who sneaks into your bedroom at night to watch you sleep and can only barely restrain himself from murdering you. But in a hot way!
Have you ever sat up late at night, gripped by the all-consuming desire to steal Ashley Greene's clothes? Well... so have we. (And no, gentlemen, we don't mean that way.) And it turns out that we're not the only ones to notice that the "Twilight" star has some seriously fab fashion sense—both on and off-screen—because on Oct. 15, fans can duke it out online for a chance to wear the amazing teal Donna Karan dress (pictured; click past the jump to see a full-length shot) she sported last month at Mercedes-Benz Fashion Week in New York City!
But it's for charity, so you'll have to be polite about it.
It's been an especially sad few days in Hollywood, as two stars have passed, leaving behind legions of fans. This morning the news came that iconic actor Tony Curtis (father of Jamie Lee Curtis) had passed away due to cardiac arrest at the age of 85. The "Spartacus" and "Some Like It Hot" star (pictured) made an impact on generations beyond his. Case in point, celebs like actress Jaimie Alexander who posted, "RIP Tony Curtis you were my favorite" and singer Kylie Minogue who shared, "RIP Tony Curtis xxx Legend!"
But, unfortunately, Tony wasn't the only talent the industry had to say goodbye to. Greg Giraldo, a beloved stand-up comedian known for his work on the Comedy Central Roasts, as well as a judge on "Last Comic Standing" died at the age of 44 on Tuesday from an accidental drug overdose. Friends and colleagues took to their Twitters to honor the funnyman, including Nick Cannon who wrote, "RIP to my friend Greg Giraldo. He was the coolest dude ever! Your talent will be missed brotha!!" Fellow comedian Aziz Ansari left his condolences as well, "Very sad to hear the news about Greg Giraldo. One of the most respected comics I can think of. The world has lost a hysterical man. RIP."
Check out the rest of Thursday's best tweets from the stars and find out which celeb has beef with Shia LaBeouf and who is chowing down on the set of "Grey's Anatomy"!Follow us @hollywoodcrush to get even more celebrity and pop culture news around the clock!
Robert Pattinson was spotted recently sporting an epically untamed, Joaquin Phoenix-like beard. We're not sure of its purpose—the world's worst disguise (nothing could mask those telltale pretty peepers!), practicing his Brad Pitt impression—but needless to say, we are unimpressed.
Why mar your baby face with a bushy beard, RPattz? Nothing should hide that perfect, strong jawline. It looks out of place on you, too. It's like the makeup department of your latest film got a little crazy in the trailer one morning and spirit gummed a whole bunch of facial hair on your cheeks.
Luckily, unless Bill Condon is planning a dramatically different version of Edward Cullen for "Breaking Dawn," the beard will be shaved soon enough—the movie starts shooting in October sometime. But, in the meantime, we think this is a failed experiment.
As style icon Tim Gunn might say, that beard is "a whole lotta look." That magical forest of dirty hair on top of RPattz's head does not need a competitor on his face, so we hope he takes a razor—or a weed whacker, whatever works—to the facial hair soon. What do you think about his new look? Vote in our poll after the jump!
Who wants to bet his first single will be called "Vampire Sweetheart"? After months of speculation, E! Online has confirmed that Joe Jonas will be following in the footsteps of younger bro Nick, as he plans to release a solo album sometime in 2011. Who would have thought the singer had any time to pen tunes with all that Ashley Greene lovin' going on?
E! Online spoke to a source at Hollywood Records who said Joe is working with "various writers and producers on music," adding, he "wants a more dangerous sound," much like a "sexier, Justin Timberlake" vibe.
In fact, it sounds like Joe will be changing his look to match his new sound, eschewing the band's dapper suit-and-tie ensembles for a rougher T-shirt and leather jacket look.
As you've likely heard, the country's favorite singing competition series "American Idol" has finally announced who will take over Simon Cowell and Ellen DeGeneres' vacant judges seats and empty beverage-company-sponsored tumblers (hopefully they'll be washed first!). During a live webcast, Aerosmith singer Steven Tyler and Jennifer "Jenny from the Block" Lopez were named to the judges panel along with incumbent Randy Jackson.
Rumors had been circulating for weeks that Steven and Jennifer would be the chosen ones to trade one-liners with host Ryan Seacrest when the series returns next year for its 10th season. Now that it's official, though, it's time to weigh in with your thoughts.
Both artists have compelling musical chops to support their appointments. Steven has been rocking and rolling for 40 years with his band Aerosmith. He was named one of Rolling Stone's 100 Greatest Singers and is a member of the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. And did we mention that epic collab with *NSYNC and Britney Spears at Super Bowl XXXV? That alone...
For her part, Mrs. Marc Anthony has sold more than 55 million records, and I'm sure you'll agree that as both an actress and singer, she knows a thing or two about performing. But those are just our thoughts. Let us know what you think about the new judges after the jump!
For Elle's 25th anniversary edition, which hit newsstands today, the magazine celebrates 25 women in their 20s who they feel are bound for greatness. Of those women, four were chosen to grace their own covers: Megan Fox, Lauren Conrad, Amanda Seyfried and Gabourey Sidibe.
Gabby's cover, however, has caused a bit of a controversy because of the way she is framed on the page and how different it is from, in Salon.com's words, the "wispy, white trio." The "Precious" star appears from the neck up, while Megan, Lauren and Amanda's full bodies are shown.
Salon's argument is that Gabby should have been presented in the same way the other three were, but EW's Popwatch counters that the magazine chose a cover shot that would flatter Gabby best and, let's face it, she does look glowing and beautiful! So we're asking your thoughts on this. Do you think that Gabby's Elle cover is inappropriate and should have been modeled the same way as the other three, or do you think it's not a big deal that they chose a potentially more flattering picture of her to use? Weigh in after the jump!