It's still hard to imagine that anyone could outdo the original, Swedish "Girl With the Dragon Tattoo" actress Noomi Rapace when it comes to Salanderitude (yes, we are totally copyrighting that word)...but the more we hear from Rooney Mara, the more it looks like the American girl is going to give the original Lisbeth a serious run for her money.
Rooney is on the cover of Allure magazine's January issue, where not even a high-fashion beachfront photo shoot could fully erase the vibe of the bony, haunted ladyhacker—and her interview leaves no question that she went all out to perform this career-making role.
And when we say that she went all out, what we actually mean is that she...um, took it all off. Because for real, there's a lot of naked Rooney in this movie. But unlike a lot of young Hollywood celebs, the actress met her nude scenes without much more than a shrug.
Vindication is ours! Sorta.
We had a few choice words for People magazine last month when they named 36-year-old Bradley Cooper Sexiest Man Alive, rather than our very deserving boyfriend Ryan Gosling. And as it turns out, the "Hangover" star himself kinda sees our point.
Appearing on "The Graham Norton Show," Bradley good-naturedly addressed his recently bestowed title and the ensuing pro-Gosling fervor. "It's so awful I'm admitting this, but the hell with it because there was such a backlash when they announced it. And Ryan Gosling, who I love, and I just did a movie with him, and he's the greatest," he enthused.
Bradley went on to recall a "friend" sending him a link to a site comparing the two hunks. "And when I say 'friend,' I mean me alone, looking at the computer," he joked. "It's [Ryan] walking around, and he literally looks like he's in a photo shoot, like he just came off the runway. The pea coat is like this [miming an upturned collar], with the scarf! And then there's ones of me, and I literally look like the neighbor who never really comes out of his house. So it's been interesting."
Just in case there weren't enough articles already written about "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" and its bed-breaking sex scene (and really, when it comes to vampire sex, is there ever such a thing as "enough"?), this week's Entertainment Weekly has its own exclusive to add to the mix: an interview with Robert Pattinson, Kristen Stewart and Taylor Lautner about the shredded pillows (we know), the shattered headboard (seen it!) and the fact that the first cut of that hot 'n' heavy scene was actually a whole lot hotter and heavier than a PG-13 rating would allow.
According to Rob, this ultra-sexy interlude did exist somewhere on film before getting cut down into more age-appropriate territory: "There’s a version where it was really intense."
I demand a recount.
People magazine revealed its pick for 2011's Sexiest Man Alive today, naming 36-year-old Bradley Cooper the hunkiest of all hunks. It's an appointment that sparked plenty of lively discussion in the MTV newsroom, mostly because it seemed so oddly timed.
To be sure, Bradley is quite the looker—you'll get no argument from me on this point. But the honor would have been much more fitting last year, when Bradley was riding high from the success of 2009's "The Hangover" and starring in flicks like "Valentine's Day" and "The A-Team." By comparison, this has been a quiet year for the star.
Conversely, you know who had an amazingly big year? Like, the kind of year that inspires countless internet memes and breakfast treats fashioned in his likeness? Ryan Gosling, that's who.
by Lauren Kearney
You'd think everything would be sunshine and rainbows behind the scenes of "The Twilight Saga," considering the franchise's undeniable success and the obvious chemistry shared by the actors on the big screen. But star Nikki Reed, who plays vampiress Rosalie, keeps it real in the December issue of Seventeen, unveiling the dramz that sometimes goes on when the cameras are off, while also clearing up some misconceptions about herself.
"In the beginning, it was innocent and fun, and we were like one big happy family—it was like being at sleepaway camp. And then success comes along and changes the dynamic,” the newly wed revealed. "We’re not all best friends, and we’re not all going to hang out together after the final movie is done."
We may not have a new trailer just yet to sate our "Hunger Games" cravings, but, thankfully, the internet is ripe with plenty of tribute talk this morning to keep our ravenous appetite at bay...for now. Let's peek the Panem stories you'll be talking about today:
1. Hair, glorious hair
InStyle spoke with "Hunger Games" hair department head Linda Flowers, who spilled some by-the-numbers scoop about coiffing the movie's stars and many, many extras. The most interesting stats? Elizabeth Banks (a.k.a. Effie) wore three different wigs: one pink, one green and one lavender. And about that "bizarre" Caesar Flickerman look Stanly Tucci teased to MTV News recently: "It's a dark navy blue wig in a Karl Lagerfeld-style ponytail," Linda told the mag.
Two literary series, two unforgettable heroines, two impossible love triangles...let's just say it's not
two too surprising that comparisons have been springing up between "The Hunger Games" and "The Twilight Saga." But if you bring it up around "Hunger Games" star Jennifer Lawrence, she doesn't mince words:
"'Hunger Games' is not 'Twilight,'" she told Vanity Fair. "And while I hear the comparisons, it’s really premature to say that it will be the same phenomenon." (For the record, we agree...)
And since "The Hunger Games" is most certainly NOT "Twilight," and since any parallels between the two are totally overblown, we are sure that Vanity Fair would never, ever be so silly as to pose the casts of both movies for identical group shots, wearing identical clothing, in a setting that's... um...
Let's just say that this thing certainly looks a lot like that thing.
If you were looking for shame and a statement of contrition after Scarlett Johansson's little nudie-pic scandal... well, you clearly don't know Scarlett very well. The actress is making a command appearance on the cover of Vanity Fair's December issue without a hint of embarrassment; in fact, her cover photo has her giving us what can only be described as the world's most epic-sexy "bitch, please" look. And inside, a photo shoot by Mario Sorrenti is accompanied by one of ScarJo's trademark, statement-making interviews.
Like we said, there are no apologies here—but Scarlett does have something to say about the steamy images that hit the web after a d-bag hacker stole them from her phone.
"They were sent to my husband,” she said of the photos. "There’s nothing wrong with that. It’s not like I was shooting a porno... although there’s nothing wrong with that either."
After three years' worth of "Twilight" films and comparatively few sightings of the saga's supporting actors in the wild, it's sometimes easy to forget that Ashley Greene is not actually a red-eyed, mop-haired, clairvoyant member of the undead. But here's a good reminder that the actress who plays Alice Cullen is, in real life, a grade-A hottie and generally normal human being: She's Allure magazine's November cover girl! And inside, she offers up a few choice quotes about her early years in Hollywood, her "Twilight" co-star and whether or not she really and truly is feuding with Demi Lovato.
The answer to that last one, by the way, is absolutely not.
"I’m really happy that she’s doing well," Ashley said, explaining that the rumored angst between her and the Disney star was all just a bunch of media hooey. "She and I never had a problem with each other, but, you know, it doesn’t go away... Jen Aniston still gets asked about Angelina Jolie."
Come Christmas, Rooney Mara will make history (and, quite possibly, the biggest movie of her career) when she plays vengeful goth girl Lisbeth Salander in the American remake of "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo." And while the jet-black locks, extreme haircut and multiple body piercings are all strictly for professional purposes, it's clear from her super-serious interview in November's Vogue that her role has Lisbeth has given her more than just a wild hairdo.
Rooney's photoshoot for the magazine shows a woman who's more grownup, more angular and a whole lot colder than the wholesome-looking college student she played in "The Social Network." And while she'll probably get rid of the piercings and dye her eyebrows back to their natural brown once production is done, she also says that her androgynous role in "TGWTDT" has permanently changed her personal aesthetic: