And the plot thickens. A day after the Parents Television Council decried GQ's November cover featuring "Glee" stars Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in a saucy embrace, Dianna has offered up a sort-of apology. The 24-year-old took to her blog to discuss the controversy, writing:
In the land of Madonna, Britney, Miley, Gossip Girl, other public figures and shows that have pushed the envelope and challenged the levels of comfort in their viewers and fans…we are not the first. Now, in perpetuating the type of images that evoke these kind of emotions, I am sorry. If you are hurt or these photos make you uncomfortable, it was never our intention. And if your eight-year-old has a copy of our GQ cover in hand, again I am sorry. But I would have to ask, how on earth did it get there?
Dianna goes on to say that the actors were asked to portray "heightened versions" of their "Glee" characters (the "Hit Me Baby One More Time" iterations, as she put it), admitting that the shoot theme wasn't her favorite idea but that she agreed to it anyway.
If you read yesterday's opinion piece about the controversy, then you know where our allegiances lie on this issue, but we want to hear from you! Do you think Dianna (or any of the "Glee" cast members, for that matter) owe anyone an apology? Cast your vote after the jump!
If all publicity truly is good publicity, then lad mag GQ has hit paydirt with its sexy "Glee"-themed November cover featuring stars Cory Monteith, Lea Michele and Dianna Agron in a scantily clad, bootylicious embrace. A day after the pics hit the interwebs, the backlash has begun led by the Parents Television Council. The watchdog group released a statement today decrying the "Glee" photoshoot, using some fairly strong language to do so.
"It is disturbing that GQ, which is explicitly written for adult men, is sexualizing the actresses who play high school-aged characters on 'Glee' in this way. It borders on pedophilia. Sadly, this is just the latest example of the overt sexualization of young girls in entertainment," said PTC President Tim Winter. "Many children who flocked to 'High School Musical' have grown into 'Glee' fans. They are now being treated to seductive, in-your-face poses of the underwear-clad female characters posing in front of school lockers, one of them opting for a full-frontal crotch shot. By authorizing this kind of near-pornographic display, the creators of the program have established their intentions on the show's direction. And it isn't good for families."
I agree that the over-sexualization of teens (especially young women) is a problem in today's media, but the argument put forth by the PTC has several logical holes that simply can't be filled.
Oh hey, have you heard? "Glee" is kind of a big deal. It's why filming an episode of "Glee" based on "The Rocky Horror Picture Show" has now made the series' creator Ryan Murphy a major contender to remake the cult classic, why star Lea Michele now gets the paparazzi engagement treatment, and why Paul McCartney sends mixed tapes of his music to the "Glee" offices so he can be the next star to get an episode based on him.
The latest magazine to jump on the "Glee" success train is GQ, who made the little musical show that could the subject of their latest cover story. "I didn't want to do a family show," Ryan said. "I wanted to do my version of a family show. But we try to be as responsible as we can, because we know some young people watch. Some of the humor goes over their head, hopefully."
The story focuses on a lot of the behind-the-scenes goings on of "Glee," including its move from Juan Rodriguez Cabrillo High School in Long Beach, Calif., to a sound stage on the Paramount lot, which Cory Monteith said is "a testament to the juggernaut that 'Glee' has become."
by Kristen Shalbinski
You know that saying, "A picture is worth a thousand words"? Well, after taking a look at the November issue of Men's Health, I can’t think of any. That’s because "True Blood" star Ryan Kwanten is on the cover, and he is looking more amazing than ever. Kiss a momentary goodbye to your "True Blood" withdrawals, ladies. Inside, as you'd expect, Ryan talks about keeping his body in fine, fine physical form.
It's obvious just looking at the actor that being fit is one of his top priorities. "I'm not one of those actors who gets physically fit for a role and then loses it all again," he said. "I'm very rarely in the gym. My workouts are predominantly outside, in nature." However, Ryan doesn't ditch the gym entirely. He does take some classes—yoga classes, that is. "I used to laugh at anyone suggesting it," he told the mag. "Guys fear not being the best in these classes, but over time, you learn how to spend an hour not worrying about what anyone else is thinking. For guys especially, that’s a good thing."
Why yes, that is the delicious Chris Pine on the cover of this month's Details magazine. And yes, he is wearing a pair of buttery, buttock-hugging, Versace leather pants. (And no, we haven't the faintest idea why our copy of the mag is covered in ladydrool. Nope. Not a clue.)
Chris, who was one of last year's biggest breakout actors thanks to his energetic portrayal of Captain Kirk in "Star Trek," sat down with Details for an interview about what's next in his career. It's clear right away that he takes his work seriously; not content to just ride the action-hero wave, he kept busy this summer with a back-breaking stage role in the darkly funny play "The Lieutenant of Inishmore."
That's "back-breaking" in the literal sense, by the way. Pine has a litany of injuries suffered while playing the physically demanding role, telling the interviewer, "My body's all sorts of f--ked-up. I tore my groin, I pulled my neck and my glute, tweaked my rhomboid, sprained my f--king sacrum."
Between an Oscar nomination for "Rachel Getting Married," a chock-full shooting schedule of exciting films and that unpleasant little incident in which her boyfriend turned out to be a bona fide white-collar criminal, Anne Hathaway's life over the past few years has been the definition of "dramatic"—both onscreen and off. But professional challenges and personal setbacks haven't stopped the doe-eyed actress from coming into her own in a major way: pushing the limits with emotionally-charged roles, planning for a bright and busy future, and even stepping back into the dating pool after her highly-public heartbreak.
Anne is radiant and glamorous in Oscar de la Renta on the cover of November's Vogue, and in the accompanying interview, her energy shines through. She's about to have a big year, wrapping up the production of "Love and Other Drugs" (in which she stars alongside Jake Gyllenhaal) before diving right into filming for the romantic drama "One Day." Her career has taken a turn for the serious—a departure from her earlier roles as a princess in need of a makeover—and Anne credits her critically-acclaimed role in "Rachel Getting Married" for the transformation.
The takeaway from this newest issue of Seventeen: Established pop musicians with killer personal style have feelings too. The magazine features the one-of-a-kind Ke$ha on its November cover, sporting one of her more, er, conservative looks: a come-hither smile, braided hair, bright green eye makeup and a wild printed top with a chunky, show-stopping necklace. And in an interview inside, Ke$ha opens up about her past, her party-girl lifestyle and how being famous doesn't make her invulnerable.
Asked if it upsets her when people don't "get" her, Ke$ha replied, "I accidentally read a review, and it was really positive, but at the end it said, 'We don't really know if she has the best voice.' Which is bulls****! That's the one thing I'm most confident about. I don't have the best body in the world, but I know for a fact that I have a really good voice. It really bummed me out that somebody didn't see that, and then I got upset."
by Kristen Shalbinski
Kim Kardashian is going to inspire a lot of craning necks (and maybe even a few cases of whiplash) this Wednesday, when W magazine's November issue hits newsstands. As part of their third annual Art Issue, Kim posed for the mag wearing little more than silver paint and three strategically placed coverlines reading, "It’s all about me. I mean you. I mean me."
Kim definitely has the self-confidence to pose nude for the cover, and she says it's all thanks to her reality series, "Keeping Up With the Kardashians." "I used to think, I have to be this or that or skinny, and now, because of the show, everyone is embracing just me, which has given me such a confidence," she said. "Now, I'm like, 'Why did I ever give that feeling the time of day?' I’m so mature now. I'm a grown-up version of myself."
In the aftermath of "The Hills," the post-production exploits of the show's stars have really run the gamut from low-key, to high-profile, to... well, has anyone even seen Spencer lately? But if (when?) it comes time for a five-year cast reunion, there's no question: Lauren Conrad will be the post-show success story for everyone to envy. Looking confident and poised in an azure Nanette Lepore dress, Lauren is sitting pretty on the cover of this month's Teen Vogue—and dishing about her new fashion line and love life.
It's common knowledge that Lauren's been keeping busy; the star has already penned several best-selling books, collaborated on a clothing line for Kohl's and is hard at work launching a new label called "Paper Crown," which is all about the fun of dressing up. The line is her latest contribution to the fashion scene, but don't be expecting any major changes; Lauren's signature, ultra-feminine, go-big-or-go-home style will be on display in all its glory. She tells the interviewer, "They were like, 'Do you want to do sunglasses,' and I said, 'Only if I can do them big!' Then they were like, ‘Do you want to do shoes?' And I said, ‘Only if I can do them tall!'"
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!