Our daily dose of Hollywood gossip might have dwindled down to nearly nothing over the holidays, but that didn't stop our favorite stars from popping up on New Year's Eve to wish their friends and fans a happy and prosperous 2013! Across the country and around the world, various celebs took to Twitter with news of their New Year's plans—or got caught by photographers as they bid a private goodbye to 2012. Where were Hollywood's finest when the ball dropped on Monday night?
Beachy celebrations might just be the first major trend of the new year, with a lot of celebs choosing to spend December 31 in more tropical climes. Channing Tatum and wife Jenna Dewan-Tatum watched fireworks in St. Barts, while Lea Michele and Cory Monteith both tweeted pics of soft sand and palm trees from an undisclosed location.
Everyone knows that the week between Christmas and New Year's is always just kind of... y'know... dead. Which means that today's juicy new peek at this year's first, best book-to-movie blockbuster adaptation "Warm Bodies" is both very welcome and highly appropriate!
The first four minutes of the film hit the internet last night (via Fandango), offering us a positively charming preview of the zombie drama to come—but also fitting right in with the general draggy mood of this mid-holiday slowdown. Seriously, the sluggish undead action of the opening airport scene? Virtually indistinguishable from the grunting and stumbling of our Uncle Barry as he wanders the house in search of leftover eggnog. Except that Uncle Barry is still alive. We think.
When MTV News compiled its list of the Top 20 Newsmakers of 2012, it came as no surprise that Bella Swan and her vampire coven bit into the No. 1 spot for most click-worthy story of the year. After all, "The Twilight Saga" has been a part of the pop-culture consciousness for more than four years, bringing with it a fangirl army stronger than the most ravenous of newborn bloodsuckers. And as the sun set on the film franchise in November, with the premiere of "Breaking Dawn - Part 2," it ended not with a whimper but a bang. To wit, here's our GIF Guide to the year in "Twilight":
Shadowhunters not only look better in black—they look better atop the leaderboard too. After a week of feverish ballot-casting in Hollywood Crush's Favorite YA Novel of 2012 poll, Cassandra Clare's urban fantasy "City of Lost Souls" has slayed its way to the No. 1 spot!
The novel, the fifth in the author's "Mortal Instruments" series, handily bested second-place finisher "The Fault in Our Stars" by John Green and third-place finisher "The Golden Lily" by Richelle Mead.
See the full results!
"I'm so happy that so many have embraced the story of Jace and Clary and their friends," Cassie told Hollywood Crush of the honor. "This fifth book was a pleasure to write but also sad because I knew it meant the end of the 'Mortal Instruments' was drawing closer. It will be bittersweet to say goodbye to the characters next year!"
The critics might have been split on whether Kristen Stewart's sheer chiffon-and-lace beige bustier dress from the L.A. premiere of "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2" was a style stunner or a fashion faux pas, but at least we can all agree that she's taking it off for a good cause! According to GossipCop, the actress has offered up her autographed Zuhair Murad gown to the Hurricane Sandy relief effort.
This isn't Kristen's first contribution on behalf of the recovery effort since the storm carved a path of destruction along much of the Jersey coast; her dressy donation comes in the wake of an appearance at the star-studded 12-12-12 benefit, where she made a speech to encourage support. And thanks to her latest contribution, the dress is being auctioned online at Charitybuzz as we speak, with proceeds to benefit the Robin Hood Foundation.
With a mere three months until the alien invasion, MTV News is doing its best to prepare you for all those parasitic Souls—think of our features as a survival guide of sorts. In addition to "The Host" trailer debut and interviews with Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Stephenie Meyer, we're rolling out an EXCLUSIVE chat with Diane Kruger, otherwise known as the nefarious Seeker.
Diane explained the Seeker's role in the post-apocalyptic society imagined in Stephenie's novel: "The Seekers in general, they're looking for the last pockets of human resistance. Practically the entire world has been taken over," she said. "My character is a little different. You come to understand that this Seeker, me, is a little off."
Something else Diane also considers a bit off? The Seeker's wardrobe, which is composed solely of eye-catching futuristic cuts in ivory.
Is it February yet? I'm so ready for "Warm Bodies" to be unleashed upon the masses and for more ladies to fall in love with star Nicholas Hoult and girl-crush on Teresa Palmer.
In the grand scheme of things, we don't have too much longer to wait, and EXCLUSIVE goodies like this one make the time almost bearable. So without further ado, behold the latest character poster for the zombie comedy!
If the peppermint mocha steaming hot on my desk and the Christmas lights twinkling in my periphery weren't dead giveaways that the end of 2012 is nigh, then this certainly is: our annual poll of the year's best YA! Yep, Hollywood Crush is asking you (yes, YOU!) to vote for the teen tome that won top placement on your bookshelf. (And, boy, we don't envy your tough decision!)
From series enders (Ally Condie's "Reached;" Kami Garcia and Margaret Stohl's "Beautiful Redemption") to debut efforts (Kiera Cass' "The Selection," Julie Cross' "Tempest") to the book that left us all quivering in a puddle of our own snot and tears (John Green's "The Fault in Our Stars"), it's been another great year to read young adult. Though it may be tough to play favorites, that is the task before you. Cast your vote for the best YA novel of 2012 after the jump (or else we'll send a hydra demon after you!).
Polls close Monday, December 17, at 12 p.m. ET!
For all you "Girls" girls, here's a treat even more delicious than a bowl full of sweet mucus: the series' season two trailer!
HBO has finally released a full-length preview of the upcoming season (premiering January 13, 2013), and the sneak peek is positively squeal-worthy. (And just to be clear, that's not hyperbole. I squawked audibly—and loudly—no fewer than three times watching this.)
Seriously, though, everything in this trailer is working for me: Adam's forelorn, Taylor Swift-worthy break-up ballad; the return of slimy-sexy artist Booth Jonathan played by Jorma Taccone, Hannah's exhuberant Wednesday night dance-flail, Marnie's sheer desperation. As my colleague Jocelyn Vena mused, it looks like "Girls" has found its stride. Watch the full trailer after the jump!
With the slew of literary adaptations coming to a theater near you in 2013, there's no denying it's a good time to be an author with a film agent in tow. As such, The Hollywood Reporter has compiled its inaugural list of Hollywood's 25 Most Powerful Authors, which includes Suzanne Collins, E L James, J.K. Rowling, and ranking at sparkling No. 10, "Twilight" scribe Stephenie Meyer.
The authoress sat down with the trade to talk all things Edward and Bella, but perhaps even more interestingly, she divulged details about the future of her other supernatural series, "The Host."
Set in a post-apocalyptic future in which alien Souls have taken over the bodies of unwitting humans, "The Host" follows one such interloper named Wanderer, who isn't quite able to shake the Earthling Melanie within. The movie version, which stars Saoirse Ronan, Max Irons and Jake Abel, is slated for a March 2013 release. Until now, Stephenie's played coy regarding a follow-up to the best-seller, though she went on record with THR about her progress and plans for the future.
"I have very detailed outlines, I do a lot of outlining to the point where there’s dialogue in my outlines," Stephenie explained of the gestating sequel. "The outline for this is about 50 pages long. It gets very in depth. So I know exactly what’s going to happen. There’s a lot you can do with a science fiction world. There’s a lot of exploration you can do, so there’s a lot of different directions."