Sep 30, 2014
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The 5 Most Important Things To Know About Gone Girl

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Gone Girl, one of the most anticipated films of 2014, is finally making its debut in theaters following what felt like years of hype. And thankfully, the movie about a woman who’s gone missing and the husband left to chase after her ghost lives up to every hyperbolic statement that has been said ahead of its release. David Fincher’s adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s 2012 novel has ignited a firestorm of media frenzy, and with reason: It’s easily one of the best films of the year. With that said, everyone wants to know: Should I read this book before it comes out? How does it translate on screen? Ben Affleck?? Yes, the answer to all of those questions is yes. We’ll explain by breaking down the film into five handy talking points.

You don’t need to read the book to appreciate the film

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Let’s just start with this — although spoilery — it’s hard to talk about this film without addressing the polarizing book. As someone who finished the novel only 48 hours before seeing the theatrical version, I will argue no. While watching the film, which craves every twist and turn, I found myself second-guessing the evidence rather than wondering what was going to happen next. “What about clue number 4?” “That’s where they found the club?” “But wait, what about the ottoman that was such a big deal in the book?” All those questions are pointless and a distraction from completely immersing yourself in this scary dissolution of a marriage.

Things are streamlined, making the story work more on film rather than in a book — where there’s room to breathe and over-think the tiniest of details. What happens on screen is a snappy, less-Law and Order referential version of the novel. Trust me: It’s a good thing.

It’s funny — like really, really “laugh out loud” funny

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While the book is also snappy and referential, it’s never really funny. Sure, a story about a broken marriage and a missing woman is not ripe for laughter, but there was never an opportunity to relieve all that tension — especially considering how dark the story can get. What happens on screen is a wonderfully twisted narrative that allows fans to snicker and gasp at what’s unfolding in theaters. The comedic timing is effectively used to let go of some of the graphic drama while sucking fans in to the demented nature of Rosamund Pike’s character, Amy Elliott Dunne.

Rosamund Pike is going to be a star

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The film is broken up into three parts, the first being the journey of Nick Dunne (Affleck) immediately following the disappearance of his wife. But it’s what happens later is the backstory that allows Pike to shine. The actress embodies the conflicted nature of a disillusioned wife trying to piece together her failing marriage. At times she’s chilling, scary, even haunting — with her porcelain skin and severe blonde bob — and then she’s warm, inviting, and drawing you in, making you unaware that there was ever a problem in the first place.

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Sep 29, 2014
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A Few of George Clooney’s Famous Friends Skip His Wedding

Another Hollywood bachelor is officially off the market. George Clooney married Amal Alamuddin this past weekend, with a ceremonial wedding Saturday and the couple getting their wedding license today. Plenty of A-list celebs, including Bono and Matt Damon, went to Italy to celebrate Clooney’s big day, but who skipped the shindig?

Watch the clip above to discover who didn’t show up for Clooney’s nuptials and why they didn’t attend. And check out the gallery below for pics of the couple.

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George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding

George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin Wedding


Also, is Clooney starting a bidding war for photos from his wedding? Our Gossip Table hosts give us the skinny on the going price for the coveted images.

Get more celebrity gossip and entertainment news at VH1 Celebrity.

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Sep 29, 2014
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Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini Get Hit By An Alleged Drunk Driver

Jennifer Lopez was riding in her new car with pal Leah Remini on Saturday evening in California when the ladies were rear ended by another vehicle. Police reportedly suspected the other driver of being inebriated, and J. Lo gave him a verbal lashing after the accident.

She posted a pic of herself and Remini to Instagram, using the hashtags #cursedthatfoolout and #theBronxcameout, letting us know that she didn’t take the situation lying down. Thankfully, Lopez, Remini, and their children who were in the car weren’t injured.

In other news, North West is hitting all the major shows at Paris Fashion Week. She’s only 15 months old, but Kim Kardashian and Kanye West are wasting no time acclimating their daughter to the fashion world. In the clip below, our Gossip Table hosts run down which designers were on the infant’s list.

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[Photo Credit: @jlo]

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Sep 29, 2014
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James Bond Producers Have Their Eyes on Rihanna, Jesse Tyler Ferguson Talks Gay Porn + More in Today’s Last Lap

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Rihanna may have to brush up her acting skills, Jesse Tyler Ferguson admits to being caught with gay porn, Whoopi Goldberg and Rosie O’Donnell duke it out, and more in today’s Last Lap.

  • The producers of the next James Bond movie have apparently approached Rihanna about a cameo. [Naughty but Nice Rob]
  • Jesse Tyler Ferguson claims he came out at age 14 when his dad found his gay porn. [US Magazine]
  • Whoopi Goldberg is “sick of [Rosie O'Donnell's] shit” on the set of The View. [Daily Mail]
  • Matt Bomer joins Ryan Gosling and Russell Crowe for the ’70s action movie Nice Guys. [Deadline]
  • John Cusack compares Hollywood to a whorehouse. [E!]
  • Live with Kelly and Michael host Michael Strahan announced his role in the upcoming film Magic Mike XXL.
  • David and Jason Benham, whose HGTV show was canceled, compare themselves to ISIS victims. [Opposing Views]
  • Anthony Anderson stopped by Big Morning Buzz Live and told us what he calls Laurence Fishburne on the set of Black-ish.

[Photo Credit: Island Def Jam]

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Sep 29, 2014
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Amanda Bynes Arrested On DUI Charge

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Former child star Amanda Bynes has been lying low for months, seemingly getting her life together after erratic behavior made her infamous last year. But now, she’s veered away from stability with a DUI arrest over the weekend.

According to TMZ, the troubled actress caused suspicion when she stopped her Mercedes SUV in the center of an intersection early Sunday morning. California Highway Patrol officers believed she was inebriated and arrested her. Bynes was charged with a misdemeanor DUI, posted ,000 bail, and was free by the afternoon.

The string of incidents that first concerned fans culminated in a psychiatric hold in July 2013. Below is a video of the actress acting strangely in New York City, before she got the help she sorely needed.

[Photo Credit: Getty Images]

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Sep 29, 2014
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Why Lost Fans Should Watch Once Upon a Time

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With the premiere of Lost celebrating its 10th anniversary, it’s a stark reminder that no show has been able to truly capture that same frenzied passion. From the memorable characters to its unique style of storytelling, Lost gave TV viewers something fresh and interesting to watch week after week. And in its absence, Once Upon a Time is the best option to fill the void left by flight 815.

While Once Upon a Time has received a lot of attention for its Frozen arc that kicked off season four, we see it as our connection to a series we’re still not finished gushing about. Nothing will replace the brilliant series, but thanks to a number of shared actors and writers, ABC’s fairy tale drama is the best thing to watch to fill those Lost cravings. Here’s why:

Dual Narratives

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One of the most compelling elements on Lost was the use of flashbacks to tell the stories of the characters that crash-landed on the island. Eventually the flashbacks caught up to the present timeline, and the show then flipped things on its head with flash forwards and flash sidways worlds. This made things a bit confusing at times, but it also allowed the show to explore its characters in deeper ways than what was available to them on the remote island. Similarly, on Once Upon a Time, the story plays out in two worlds: the “real world,” where fairy tale characters live but were stripped of their original memories, and “storybook world,” which allows viewers to explore those characters’ pasts. Like Lost, the show plays out like a giant puzzle, with each character’s piece eventually fitting into place.

The Show’s Creators, Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz

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It should come as no surprise that Lost’s DNA finds its way into Once Upon a Time because the latter was created by two of former Lost writers. Both OUAT‘s Edward Kitsis and Adam Horowitz wrote a number of episodes together, including one of the series’ most poignant deaths in season three’s “Greatest Hits.”

Overlapping Actors

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While a number of Lost’s stars have gone on to do other series — most notably Michael Emerson, the star of Person of Interest, and Daniel Dae Kim who plays Detective Chin Ho Kelly on Hawaii Five-0 — many have had major or recurring roles on Once Upon a Time. Emile de Ravin (pictured), who played Claire on Lost, joined Once as Belle while Lana Parrilla, who plays the Evil Queen, appeared on two Lost episodes as Greta. Rebecca Mader, who played the ill-fated Charlotte on Lost, had a recurring role as the Wicked Witch in OUAT season three, and Alan Dale, the evil Charles Widmore, was King George in the first two seasons. Elizabeth Mitchell, one of the Others known as Juliet, is joining the show this season as the Snow Queen. Meanwhile, Naveen Andrews (Lost‘s Sayid) played Jafar in the spin-off, Once Upon a Time In Wonderland, but the show was canceled after 13 episodes. The actor has not yet made an appearance on the original series.

Easter Eggs

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While the actors and creators are some of the more obvious ties between the two shows, it’s the clues left behind for fans that are the most fun to discover. Among the many items that exist in both universes: Apollo candy bars, two of the airlines (Ajira and Oceanic), and the popular fictional TV series, Expose, which starred Nikki Fernandez (Kiele Sanchez) before she crashed on the island. Of course there are a number of more subtle references to the series, all cataloged by fans here.

Once Upon a Time airs on Sundays at 8 pm ET on ABC.

Watch Lost star Jorge Garcia discuss the show’s unexpected success, below.

[Photos: ABC, Getty]

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Sep 29, 2014
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North West Is Paris Fashion Week’s Biggest VIP + More of What You Missed on Instagram

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North West is obviously a mini fashionista. She joined parents Kim Kardashian and Kanye West at the Givenchy and Balenciaga fashion shows at Paris Fashion Week, and even got a coveted front row seat all to herself. Today, Kim shared a family photo from the Givenchy show picturing her and her mini-me dressed in similar sheer outfits. (Kim also posted a photo of hubby Kanye getting a bit touchy on Saturday, because Paris is for lovers?)

In more serious news, Jennifer Lopez and Leah Remini were rear-ended by an alleged drunk driver as they drove through Malibu over the weekend. Thankfully no one in the car was injured. Check out the pic they shared to Instagram before the incident occurred.

Katy Perry has dyed her hair yet again. The songstress poked fun at her new fire-engine red ‘do by posting a side by side image of her and the Muppet drummer, Animal. Victoria Justice also shared a LOL-worthy post in which she starred in her own scene from Alfred Hitchcock‘s The Birds. See all that and more photos you may have missed on Instagram in the gallery above.

Find out more about Nori’s fashionable trip to Paris from our friends at The Gossip Table.

[Photo Credit: @kimkardashian]

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Sep 29, 2014
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Kim Kardashian Gives Advice on Wearing Skin-Tight Clothing

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Kim Kardashian

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Kim Kardashian is a hottie with a body and she doesn’t care who knows it. Sometimes Kim is so bound 2 her clothes, we’re shocked she’s not also hooked up to an oxygen tank for air.

While most of us are strategically wearing babydoll dresses to hide our cheese bloats (what, we like cheese, is that a problem?), or unzipping to sit down because omg-it’s-just-such-a-nice-release, Kim Kardashian is strolling about as if she were vacuum sealed into the latest Givenchy. So if you want the best advice for wearing Seran Wrap as fashion, look no further than your new muse, Kim K.

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Sep 28, 2014
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Laguna Beach Moments That Are Frozen in Time

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MTV’s 2004 series Laguna Beach: The Real Orange County was ahead of its time in the reality TV game. It spawned spin-offs like The Hills and The City, and as a result is responsible for introducing the world to Spencer Pratt. It’s been 10 years since Kristin and Lauren competed for the attention of local heartthrob Ste-phen, and while they might be over it today, their simple yet addicting series has left us with a handful of moments we still can’t shake.

In addition to the SoCal slang we picked up — Ex: We were so amped on this gnarly series we cried when it was dunzo — and enviable West Coast lifestyle that included weekend bonfires and hotel parties for underage attendees, there were moments from the drama that we remember more clearly than our own high school experience. Check out the defining moments of Laguna Beach season one, below.

Lauren always keeping one eye on Stephen

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A central figure in the series’ main love triangle, girl next door L.C. was always down to hang with her childhood friend Stephen… and swoop him away from on-and-off girlfriend Kristin whenever possible. It’s been 10 years, and you still think it was a coincident they both ended up in San Francisco?

Stephen discussing his relationship problems at work

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Stephen was featured at local surf shop (his “workplace”) throughout season one. But the majority of his time on the clock seemed to be spent making personal calls on the store’s landline and venting about his female troubles to colleagues MTV clearly didn’t deem interesting enough to feature as series regulars.

Kristin’s style and Trey’s trucker hats

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Denim skirts and Ugg boots have a soft spot in the hearts of all female millennials, and a black North Face fleece was the uniform for those not quite winter nights when the agenda was still being determined. But an accessory we did not endorse then and still won’t endorse now? The black choker necklace Kristin wore in almost every episode (including the opening credits).

Trey Trucker Hats

Stephen’s best friend was the forward thinking member of the group, who dedicated his time to causes his friends would rather give money to then show up at to support. He was also a huge trucker hat fanatic, giving Ashton Kutcher a run for his money. While his massive collection of hats may seem regrettable in retrospect, today he works at Vera Wang. So, the joke’s on the us.

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Sep 27, 2014
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Pete Davidson and the Youngest Cast Members to Join Saturday Night Live

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Anthony Michael Hall Saturday Night Live

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On Saturday, Sept. 19, NBC’s long-running sketch comedy series, Saturday Night Live, returns for its 40th season with Chris Pratt hosting the series opener and a few new faces on the team. This year, Best Week Ever alum Michael Che and Pete Davidson are the two newest members to join the cast. At the age of 20, Davidson is the fourth youngest cast member to appear on SNL behind some big names (Anthony Michael Hall, Eddie Murphy, and Robert Downey, Jr.)

It’s incredible to believe that at 20, Davidson — not yet able to legally drink — will be on stage alongside seasoned cast members like Taran Killam and Kate McKinnon, both of whom are in their 30s. We certainly aren’t ageist here at VH1; we welcome Davidson with open arms. But we did notice one disturbing trend: Most of the youngest SNL cast members only lasted one or two seasons, with Jay Pharoah currently starting his fourth. Let’s just hope he and Davidson can break the curse of the young featured players. Check out SNL‘s youngest cast members to date, in the gallery above.

On the other end of the spectrum, Darrell Hammond returns to SNL this season as the voice of the show following the death of Don Pardo, who served as the show’s announcer since 1975. Hammond had the distinct honor of being the third oldest cast member (39) when he first joined the show in 2005. Now, he’s 58.

Watch the Emmy nominated McKinnon describe her dream host/musical guest combination (hint: it’s Beyoncé).

[Photo: Getty]

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