Sep 23, 2014
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Colin Farrell Joins True Detective, Emma Watson Defends Feminism + More of Today’s First Dibs

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It’s only Monday and the celeb gossip is already in full swing: Colin Farrell is headed to HBO, Emma Watson makes a case for feminism, and Tom Hardy is off the market. Read on for all that and more in today’s First Dibs.

  • It’s official: Colin Farrell is one of the new detectives in the next season of HBO’s True Detective. The actor confirmed the news in an interview with the Irish newspaper, The Sunday World. [Vulture]
  • During a U.N. address, Emma Watson made a passionate plea for gender equality and defended the word “feminist.” [THR]

  • Tom Hardy secretly got married… two months ago! [Mirror]
  • Jada Pinkett Smith is joining Magic Mike XXL, the sequel to the surprise stripper hit starring Channing Tatum. She’s one of three actresses to join the previously all-male roster. [THR]
  • Chris Martin has “fallen in love” with Jennifer Lawrence. [US Weekly]
  • In case you missed it, Kim Kardashian appeared as a fur ball on the premiere of FOX’s animated hit, American Dad. [E!]
  • Los Angeles Clippers superstar, Blake Griffin, covers GQ’s first-ever “age issue.” [GQ]

  • The Fashion Police will continue despite Joan Rivers’ death. [TV Line]
  • Angelina Jolie’s second directorial project, Unbroken, is not even out yet and she’s already landed another directing gig. This time she’ll take on Africa. [Jezebel]

Unbroken stars former Skins‘ star Jack O’Connell. And he’s not the only star from the teen British drama to make a splash this fall. Hannah Murray — from the First Generation — stars in the new musical, God Help the Girl. Murray and her co-stars recently got into the elevator with superfan Jarvis and — well you know what happens next…

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Sep 23, 2014
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For the Record, the Lost Series Finale Didn’t Suck

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As we celebrate the 10-year anniversary of Lost, we remember the controversial series finale that people still argue about today. There are 4,938 questions showrunners Damon Lindelof and Carlton Cuse and the writing staff brilliantly left unanswered. Without trying to address each one, I’m here to take a stand on why the series finale kicked ass, with a little help from cast members Michael Emerson (Ben Linus), Yunjim Kim (Sun-Hwa Kwon), and Ken Leung (Miles Straume). Don’t agree? I dare you to rewatch that final episode and refrain from crying all over again.

I was a late bloomer hopping on the Lost train, having just finished the series in its entirety this summer. But with the show fresh on the brain, I have to admit, I couldn’t have asked for a better ending. The greatest reason being, I didn’t truly realize everyone was in some sort of after life until the very moment Jack (Matthew Fox) opened the coffin and saw that his father wasn’t there. At that moment, it all came together for me. Many people were upset with the fact that the hero, and everyone else for that matter, didn’t get their “happy ending.” But in a way, it was their happy ending — just not the one fans wanted. Each person was finally able to find and be with their soul’s true counterpart, redeem any sins they may have committed during their time on Earth, and accept moving forward to the next phase. Just because they weren’t still alive, doesn’t mean they couldn’t have their happily ever after.

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I still go back and forth wondering if this was really purgatory. If it was, were they in it the moment Flight 815 crashed in the pilot episode? Did any of the flash forwards actually happen? I like that the writers pulled a fast one on us by having everyone dead in the “sideways” universe, without viewers realizing what had happened until the end. It was, to me, completely unexpected. And I enjoyed being tricked. Kim says the cast felt the same way: “We had many, many discussions on set, but the mutual reaction was: ‘How the hell did Damon and Carlton pull this off?!’”

What I’ve also come to terms with while trying to dissect every angle of the series’ plot, is to oddly enough, not look too much into things. The main quest was for every character to find their true peace, redeem themselves, and move on, regardless of the Island’s black smoke and DHARMA hatches. Since they were able to do this as the story closed, I felt satisfied. “Ambiguity defined our show, and if the finale was all about answering the ‘big’ questions, it would’ve been wrong in so many ways,” Kim added. Emerson has a more pointed response for fans who followed the series, but disliked the final episode:

I have to say for those people who complain about the finale: Look at the job that those writers had. On a show like 24 or even Breaking Bad, you have a linear narrative. Lost was exploding in all directions. The only way to find an end point is to bring it all back to the center or beginning which is what I thought they did. I didn’t care that much whether people were especially happy with it. It would have been a hard show to wrap up to the pleasure of everyone, but I am surprised how many people who profess to be passionate followers of the show to say, “Well I like all 109 episodes except the last one.” Are you kidding me? What kind of demonstration of loyalty is that?
To his point, all of the Lost “fans” who wrote off the entire show just because they weren’t content with the finale need to appreciate the fact that the writers didn’t give away every answer. How vanilla would that have been? Lost wasn’t like any other show in the respect that nothing was ever truly answered. This gave us numerous scenarios to have strong opinions about and debate with friends until the end of time — which is why we loved it in the first place. Each episode, even up until the very last one, was like a mini-movie, keeping us on the edge of our seats. Clearly, the method behind the madness worked, because we’re still talking about it to this day. And whether you want to admit it or not, deep down, I think you all liked not knowing, too.

Watch as Lost star Jorge Garcia reflects on the show’s “unexpected” success.

Next: But what about the cast? See what some of your favorite Lost actors thought about the series finale.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Hilary Duff Is Ready To Step Back Into Lizzie McGuire’s Shoes

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Earlier this year, we were excited to hear about Hilary Duff‘s return to the music scene. Now, is she reprising her famous titular role as Disney’s Lizzie McGuire?

Before you start breaking out your old DVDs, know that Duff hasn’t confirmed anything… yet. However, she did tell the Huffington Post that she’d consider a Lizzie McGuire reunion. “I would be totally open to it. My schedule is a little busy right now. But um … why not? I mean, so many people loved [Lizzie]. I loved her,” said the actress and singer. “Honestly, working on that show, I got so strong with my physical comedy and all the things that they would throw at me.”

Well, what is she waiting for? We already outlined why the world needs a Hilary Duff comeback. Why not pair her upcoming album with a dose of Disney nostalgia?

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Sep 22, 2014
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Does David Fincher’s Gone Girl Change the Book’s Ending?

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David Fincher‘s Gone Girl, adapted from the popular novel by Gillian Flynn, is one of the most anticipated films of 2014. With reports on potential plot changes and wild reactions to the film’s casting, fans have been following production from the start. But is the final product worthy of the hype?

Because we can’t wait until the official release date, and there are too many book-to-movie adaptations flooding the box office this fall, let’s break down what we’ve learned from the first official reviews. Spoilers ahead (duh).

The Film’s Ending Does Not Stray from the Book

Yay? Flynn adapted her 2012 novel for the film and stayed extremely close to the book. While early reports claimed that the lackluster ending your book club has been griping about for two years could be getting a big screen makeover come October, The Hollywood Reporter says don’t hold your breath: “Despite published reports that major plot changes were being made, particularly in the third act, this simply isn’t true; it’s an extremely faithful adaptation of what is ultimately a withering critique of the dynamics of marriage.”

Don’t Be Nervous About Ben Affleck as Nick

There was a strong reaction when news hit that the two-time Oscar winner would portray the book’s suspicious/potentially murderous husband in the film adaptation. (However not as strong as the reaction to the news he’d be playing Batman.) Despite a few bad spray tans, New York film critic David Edelstein makes us wonder why we ever worried in the first place: “I never thought I’d write these words, but [Affleck] carries the movie. He’s terrific. Fincher exploits—and helps him ­transcend—his most common failing, a certain handsome-lug lack of commitment. Affleck shows intelligence and sensitivity in interviews, and I sense that as he has gotten older (and become a slick director), he has worked harder to look serious, sincere, and engaged onscreen.”

From Variety: “Often unfairly criticized early in his career for seeming smug, vain and inauthentic onscreen, Affleck is uniquely suited to the role of a man facing those very charges from a fickle and demanding public; it’s a tricky turn, requiring a measure of careful underplaying and emotional aloofness, and he nails it completely.”

Start Preparing for Rosamund Pike’s Oscar Campaign Now

It’s never too early to talk about award season. While Reese Witherspoon, Amy Adams, and Julianne Moore have all received early praise for their work this year, the lesser known Pike is about to rain on their parade come March. “Pike, who has been notable in several roles over the past dozen years (Pride & Prejudice, Jack Reacher) but has rarely played full-blown leads, is powerful and commanding,” says THR. “Physically and emotionally, Pike looks to have immersed herself in this profoundly calculating character, and the results are impressive.” Variety agrees:

Yet as evidenced by her years of solid supporting work, she also possesses the sort of ferocious charisma that magnetizes the screen, and it’s a thrill to watch her fully embrace the showiest, most substantial role of her career. Hers is the low, seductive voice we hear coaxing us through the story’s early passages, and hers is the character who ultimately exhibits the most dynamic range: In any given scene, her Amy can seem vulnerable, aggrieved, calculating, heroic, overmatched, viperous and terrifying.

Fincher Is Being Called a Modern Day Hitchcock

Adapting buzzworthy novels for the big screen is familiar work for Fincher, after taking on The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo in 2011 (and even adaptations like The Curious Case of Benjamin Button and The Social Network). He’s also no stranger to dark material, and knows how to make uncomfortable subject matter visually romantic and enthralling rather than terrifying — like another guy you may be familiar with. Per The Wrap:

The best Hitchcock films struck a balance between elegance and violence, a peculiar mix of champagne fizz and spilled crimson blood; “Gone Girl,” with its giddy revelations and grim-grin reversals incorporating ugly facts and uglier fictions, fits perfectly into a modernized version of that superb tradition.

Missi Pyle Slays as a Wannabe Nancy Grace

A key theme throughout the the novel and the film is the idea of perception, and whether one should believe so easily. When Amy’s disappearance becomes national news, a sensationalist TV host grabs hold and doesn’t look back. Pyle, an actress who’s mainly been featured in supporting roles, shines in what Edelstein calls a “satisfyingly scathing turn” as “a ghoulish specialist in raising media lynch mobs,” similar to one cable news queen we all know and can’t bare to look away from.

Gone Girl will premiere at the New York Film Festival on Sept. 26 and opens in theaters on Oct. 3.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Idris Elba Wants To Play James Bond, the Cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks Reunites, and More in Today’s Last Lap

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Idris Elba answered fans questions during his Reddit AMA, the cast of D2 celebrates film’s 20th anniversary, Amber Heard becomes the latest celeb targeted by nude photo hackers, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • During a Reddit AMA, Idris Elba revealed his favorite scene from The Wire (“When I tell Avon that I killed D’Angelo”) and that he would “absolutely” love to play James Bond. [IndieWire]
  • Viola Davis has responded to comments that she’s somehow less beautiful than Halle Berry or Kerry Washington. [E!]
  • The cast of D2: The Mighty Ducks reunited for the film’s 20th anniversary and posted tons of great photos to Instagram. [Uproxx]
  • Amber Heard, Rihanna, and Gabrielle Union join the long list of female celebs targeted in the latest nude photo hacking spree. [The Daily Beast]
  • Charlo Greene, a local Alaskan TV reporter, caused a frenzy when she blurted, “f— it, I quit,” live on the air.
  • Bryan Singer has been confirmed to direct X-Men: Apocalypse. [Coming Soon]
  • Want to stuff some dollars into Channing Tatum’s g-string? Now you can, thanks to a contest that will put one lucky fan in the audience during the filming of his striptease for Magic Mike XXL. [NewNowNext]
  • The fallout over the New York Times article calling Shonda Rhimes an “angry black woman” continues with 30 of her stars weighing in. [THR]
  • Former Skins’ star Jack O’Connell is all grown up in a new photo shoot for NYT’s T magazine. [NYT]

We’re pleased Elba is making his desire to play Bond known, but we’ve been campaigning to get him into a 007 suit for months.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Alaska Reporter Says Yes To Marijuana Club and “F–k It” To Her Day Job

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Anchorage KTVA-TV employee Charlo Greene made a local news segment a lot more exciting on Sunday when she abruptly quit on-air. The anchor revealed she owned the Alaska Cannabis Club, and then proceeded to awkwardly resign from her position with the station, all while the cameras were rolling. Her impromptu actions left everyone around her stunned, but no one was more surprised than her poor co-anchor.

Greene (ironic?) abruptly announced her plans to continue “fighting for freedom and fairness” by devoting her time to her pot business. If you’re wondering what the Cannabis Club is all about, here’s introduction from the business’ official website: “THE ALASKA CANNABIS CLUB DOES NOT DISTRIBUTE MARIJUANA… BUT the club does connect medical marijuana cardholders in need to medical marijuana cardholders with green :) ” Sounds legit, right?

Shortly after the incident, the station posted the below statement to their Facebook page, claiming the anchor’s position had been terminated. You can imagine how people responded to that news, since we see she clearly quit on-air.

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Watch the video below — we promise you’ll feel just as uncomfortable as we did.

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Sep 22, 2014
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Happy Birthday, Tom Felton! Celebrate With Pics Of His Hairvolution

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Tom Felton turns a ripe old 27 today — so, yeah, Harry Potter fans, you’re going to be middle-aged soon. That also means it’s been years since he’s had to bleach his hair that awful Draco Malfoy blond. Sorry, some of you were perhaps drawn to that ‘do, in all its evil glory. We can’t really imagine spending our entire adolescence defined by such a distinctive style. (Though there are probably some perks that made up for it.)


He’s now starring in the TNT series Murder In The First. But before the next episode, let’s celebrate his birthday by looking back at his many hairstyles — from that weird mop of curls in The Borrowers to today. We’d like to lobby for him to return to that longer hipster flop. How about you?

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Sep 22, 2014
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Lady Gaga Turns Shower Time Into a Naked Photo Shoot and More of What You Missed on Instagram

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Lady Gaga has a hot bod and she’s got the Instagram shots to prove it. Mother Monster struck a curvaceous pose in her hotel bathroom during a trip to Greece, giving the world a glimpse of her mostly naked self. You can peep her sexy tattoos, or get a gander at all that skin — just let your eyes do the choosing.

Alicia Keys followed suit with the same hand placement in her nude photo endorsing the #WeAreHere Movement. Alicia’s new campaign brings to light issues like gender discrimination, healthcare reform, and racial injustice. Plenty of other celebrities are joining in the movement to strive for world peace. Because who doesn’t love some nudity for a good cause? Here’s what else you missed on Instagram this weekend: Meagan Good made a statement about her nude photo leak, the cast and crew of Grey’s Anatomy dressed up like the Orange is the New Black prison group, and Reese Witherspoon brought it back to the ’90s with a classic Cruel Intentions throwback. See all that and more in the gallery above.

While most celebs strive to look their best in all Instagram photos, Demi Lovato tells us about that time her eyes failed her (while posing with the one and only Oprah).

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Sep 22, 2014
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An Animated Kim Kardashian Steams Up American Dad

Critics may call Kim Kardashian two-dimensional, but last night, she kind of proved them right. The reality star appeared in cartoon form on Fox’s animated series, American Dad, adding yet another item to her ever-expanding resume.

The clip above gives a look at Kardashian’s role as a furry extraterrestrial who hooks up with the Smith’s pet alien, Roger. Just as Roger is about to dump her, she sheds her pink exterior to reveal a sexy physique. Guess there was more to her than Roger originally thought. For more on what Kim brought to the show’s season finale, and how big of a fan hubby Kanye West is of the series, check out a behind the scenes clip.

Do you think Kardashian pulled off the comedic role? Let us know in the comments.

Check out more celebrities who have voiced famous cartoon characters, below.

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Sep 21, 2014
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What You Missed On VH1: Ryan Gosling Welcomed Baby Girl And Officially Became A DILF

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Last week on VH1, Gotham Star Robin Lord Taylor got the Jarvis treatment, Bill Hader talked about The Skeleton Twins and the amazing Kristen Wiig, the boys from The Maze Runner taught us how to survive the apocalypse and more.

  • Ryan Gosling and Eva Mendes welcomed their first child on Friday September 12. [VH1]

  • Robin Lord Taylor taught Jarvis how to perfect the penguin walk. [VH1]
  • Bill Hader spoke in depth about the joy of making The Skeleton Twins and bonding with Kristen Wiig during filming. [VH1]
  • Get tips from Dylan O’Brien and the guys from The Maze Runner on how to survive the apocalypse. [VH1]
  • Not every political show was a hit. Get to know political comedies and dramas that completely flopped. [VH1]

[Photo: Getty]

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