Taylor Swift in green Michael Kors at the AMAs: cute or overrated?

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It’s gotten to the point where I actually enjoy all of the cutaways to Taylor Swift in the audience during any given music awards show. Swifty is always seated front and center, usually surrounded by notable celebrity friends, and Swifty actually “performs” as Greek chorus for much of the night. At last night’s AMAs, Swifty was dancing, singing along, and at one point crying (at the Selena Gomez performance). Swifty was there with her BFF Karlie Kloss, but at various times, Selena, Lorde and others were invited in the little Swifty group. No boys allowed!

Swifty didn’t walk the AMA red carpet, probably because she did “Blank Space” as the first performance of the night. As soon as her performance was done, she changed into this green Michael Kors gown, which… eh. I like her in green. I think this would have been more interesting as a column dress rather than with the netting at the midsection.

Here’s the video of her performance – is it just me or was the sound quality really crappy for most of the performances? And I didn’t think this was the strongest performance for the start of the show.


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Personally, I thought Lorde gave one of the best performances of the night – she performed “Yellow Flicker Beat.” Here you go:


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Jennifer Aniston’s hair is a mess because she ‘likes to use her hair as a prop’

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I kind of hated Jennifer Aniston’s whole look at last Thursday’s Horrible Bosses 2 premiere in LA. Her Zuhair Murad dress was dated and fug and her Bump-It ponytail was not all that cute. But I guess we’re supposed to think Jennifer’s every hair-move is noteworthy, because People Magazine literally published a story about her premiere-look hair. Seriously. They spoke to her long-time hair guy and BFF Chris McMillan and wrote up a longer article… about Jennifer Aniston’s ponytail. It’s so stupid, but I’ll admit it – I read every word. It’s part infomercial (for LIVING PROOF, obvs) and partly just… Oscar stuff, I guess. Just keeping her name out there, even if it’s just people talking about her hair. Here’s the article:

There are a few things we know as sure as we know the earth is round. Kim Kardashian is proud of her abs. Chris Hemsworth is the sexiest man alive. And if Jennifer Aniston isn’t wearing her hair down and side-parted, she’s wearing it in a ponytail. She wore it in just such a style at last night’s Hollywood premiere of Horrible Bosses 2, but wait! Her stylist Chris McMillan proved we can still be surprised when it comes to her hair. Read on for three surprising facts about the star’s look last night.

1. Her Bangs Serve Two Purposes. Sure, they look cute, but McMillan tells PEOPLE, they’re really all about the photo op. “She likes to use her hair as a prop, so she’ll be able to look over and use her fingers to push the hair out of her eyes,” he shares. “Jennifer Aniston is a pro at having hair in her face and wrangling it out of her face, and making it look effortless and sexy.” (His secret to touchable texture? A little Living Proof Instant Texture Mist — she’s a co-owner of the brand and he’s the celeb stylist.)

2. She Finds Hair Inspiration at the Drugstore. McMillan has been doing her hair for years, but she still manages to surprise him occasionally — as she did by suggesting the finishing touch for last night’s pony. “At Rite-Aid they have these ponytail holders that are two-thirds hair and the other part is the rubber band,” he says. “Jennifer sent me a picture and was like, ‘Look at these things, they’re kind of cool, huh?’ So I bought them and I used one of them in her hair [last night]!” His go-to strategy usually involves a bungee elastic (“it keeps all the nape hair from buckling and becoming saggy”) topped with the star’s own hair, but he had to admit Aniston’s solution worked. “I always see them but say I’m never going to use them, but then I used it and I was like, ‘It’s working. I’m leaving it,’” he says.

3. Her next hairdo is a purple pixie. Okay, okay, he was joking, but McMillan swears he is convincing the star to mix up her look a bit. “It’s still within her range, but we’ve been switching things up. She’s not showing up with the same hairdo,” he tells PEOPLE. “We’ve been talking long, piece-y Alexa Chung-type bangs! I might get her in a weak moment. She’ll kill me, but it’s OK!”

[From People]

GIVE ANISTON’S HAIR THE OSCAR. Her hair is the best part of Cake, obviously. And good lord, I hope Aniston doesn’t succumb to piece-y Alexa Chung bangs. Alexa’s bangs are awful and I just don’t think Aniston needs that kind of look. As for “she likes to use her hair as a prop…” You don’t say! She’s built a 20-plus year career in Hollywood out of playing with her hair on camera.

Also: Jennifer told Extra that she was “the original” when it came to showing her butt on the cover of a magazine. She was asked about Kim Kardashian’s Paper Magazine photoshoot and Jennifer mentioned her old Rolling Stone cover in the 1990s, where you could sort of see her butt – go here to the NSFW cover. Jen said her cover “was just innocent, there’s nothing aggressive about that… Sorry, Kim K.” I don’t really get why this is a story, but sure.

Here are some photos of Jennifer and Justin Theroux hustling for CAKE on Friday night in LA:

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Duchess Kate is finally getting Prince Harry a labrador puppy for Christmas

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Prince Harry turned 30 years old back in September. The rumor going around the UK tabloids was that Harry really, really wanted a puppy for his birthday. His birthday came and went and there were no stories about Harry with a new puppy, so I guess Harry probably had a somewhat crappy birthday. But Duchess Kate is trying to ensure that Harry finally gets what he wants for Christmas. Except it will probably be later than that.

Prince Harry could soon be snuggling up with a cute new companion during the long, cold winter nights, I can reveal. But the party-loving prince is not getting back together with his on/off girlfriend Cressida Bonas over the festive period. Instead, he’s set to become the proud new owner of a pet puppy.

Word reaches me that Harry’s sister-in-law, the Duchess of Cambridge, has made enquiries about buying a yellow labrador for Harry as a Christmas present from her and Prince William. According to Royal sources, Kate has learned of a litter which is due at the end of November through Drakeshead, which has been successfully breeding and training gun dogs for the past 45 years.

A source tells me that once the puppies are born, Harry, 30, will choose his own to take back to his home at Kensington Palace. Kate is apparently keen to have another dog around the Palace so that her spaniel Lupo has a companion during walks around the area.

I’m told: ‘Kate knows how much Harry loves Lupo, and how much joy he brings him, so it makes sense he should have his own puppy. Apparently she is willing to look after the dog if Harry has to go abroad for Royal duties or with the Army.’

It has previously been reported that Harry was keen to get a puppy for his 30th birthday in September, but in the end it was decided that Christmas would be the perfect occasion for a new pet. The source added: ‘Kate and William worry that Harry gets lonely living on his own, so a pet puppy would be a great solution.’

When Harry first started dating budding actress Cressida, her family had a litter of puppies at their country house, and friends say the Prince delighted in playing with the little bundles of joy in their pen in the corner of the kitchen. The couple were together for two years before splitting up in April, although they have since been spotted enjoying a couple of low-key dates, including a trip to the cinema in September.

Now the next question on everyone’s lips is what His Royal Highness will call his new pet?

[From The Daily Mail]

Isn’t the puppy/kitten season usually in the Spring? But I guess dogs and cats are having litters all year round. Still, it seems like it should be relatively simple to find Lab puppies all over the place, especially in a dog-centric country like England. And why not a rescue? Still, I look forward to seeing Harry finally get a puppy. Lupo probably does need a doggy playmate. Or at the very least, Prince George needs a new puppy best friend.

Meanwhile, Harry made some very interesting comments when he was traveling in Abu Dhabi. He was raising money for his Sentebale charity (the money goes to children in Lesotho) and he admitted that some of the Sentebale funds did not go where they were supposed to:

He said the charity “started really, really small, a very small group of us saying we’re not going to use the funds for other people, it’s going to be all for the kids and pretending we knew what we were doing…Ten years down the line we have made a couple of mistakes and in turn learned from our mistakes. There are so many charities that are, dare I say it, built around egos. A lot of charities survive on those egos. But from my point of view and from us at the foundation, being in that position we have the opportunity to bring so many people that are doing great things together to improve things quicker, rather than waiting five years.”

[From E! News]

Apparently, in the first years of Sentebale, only 8% of the money raised was going to Lesotho, but by 2010, 65% of the money was going to Lesotho. Which still isn’t a great number. When I first read the “so many charities built around egos” quote, I’ll admit it, my first thought was that Harry threw some shade at Prince William. Maybe Harry doesn’t care for the idea of pay-for-play royalty, even if the money goes towards charity. Maybe Harry doesn’t like how William’s charities operate?

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Iggy Azalea wins Best Hip/Hop album at the AMAs: good pick?

Iggy Azalea did not walk the red carpet at last night’s AMAs, which was an interesting move for the most nominated artist at the event. She scored six noms as a newcomer. And she won Favorite Rap-Hip-Hop album of the year. Ahahaha. I’m not laughing at Iggy’s rap stylings. I’m giggling at what Nicki Minaj must have thought when Iggy’s name was called. Not to mention Eminem, who was also nominated. Eminem doesn’t care much about awards, but the dude wrote those gross, rapey rhymes about Iggy, and she scooped the award. Good for her. Iggy name-checked Eminem (and Drake) in her speech. She also thanked T.I. for believing in her:

“This award is the first award I’ve ever won in my entire life, and means so much to me that it is for best hip-hop, because that’s what inspired me to move to American and pursue my dreams. It’s what helped me when I was a teenager to escape and to get through my life and to better times. It means so much that I can stand here against Eminem and Drake and come out with this.”

[From YouTube]

Iggy performed “Beg For It” last night. She also performed “Booty” with JLo.

Zendaya! She was my pick for the night. I know many of you don’t dig her style, but she’s a big risk taker on the red carpet. This Georgine ensemble was no exception. Zendaya went 1970s with a brushed metallic trench coat and palazzo pants, along with a sea-foam leather bandeau top. What really sets this look off is the voluminous wig. I love this. Z’s only 18 years old, and I expect big things for her one day.

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Rita Ora worked her not-so-inner diva in a full-on Zac Posen gown. What should we call this color … mustard or lemon? She worked this structural dress with a train. Her funky top knot went well with the dress, but those spidery lashes were a too much. (Black Widow, baby?) There was something “off” about her foundation.

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Meghan Trainor kept with her usual style with a lace-and-satin Ted Baker dress. She accessorized with long, flat-ironed locks and a “kiss”-style clutch. This look is too cutesey and Valentine-y for my tastes.

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Ali Fedotowsky wore a weird white AQ AQ dress that was all wrong for a music awards show. The deep v-neck is sexy but overruled by the mega pepum and boring sheath skirt.

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Celebrities read mean tweets: Gwyneth Paltrow deigned to participate! [Evil Beet]
Nick Jonas is not a virgin anymore. [A Socialite Life]
Three grandmas hit the bong, hilarity ensues. [Dlisted]
Is Julianne Moore on track for an Oscar? [LaineyGossip]
The third Hemsworth Bro is also cute (in a normal way). [Buzzfeed]
I hope Martin Freeman is good on SNL! [Pajiba]
Lindsay Lohan looked kind of crazy in London yesterday. [Go Fug Yourself]
Danica McKellar is married! Congrats. [I’m Not Obsessed]
Just a reminder: Jennifer Lopez’s body is still crazy. [Popoholic]
This photo of Teresa Giudice’s hairline is also crazy. [Reality Tea]
Sean Hayes married his longtime partner! Congrats. [Wonderwall]
Jason Sudeikis shares photos of son Otis. [Celebrity Baby Scoop]
Andy Cohen outed Kevin Spacey in his new book. [CDAN]
Utah wants to bring back the firing squad for capital punishment. [Starcasm]

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Was Amber Heard ‘mortified’ at Johnny Depp’s drunk HFAs speech?

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Way back in July, I covered a story from Radar that said Johnny Depp was trying to be an upstanding guy for his fiancée, Amber Heard. His friends were certain that Johnny wasn’t completely behaving himself. He was reportedly hiding drinking binges from Amber. The story didn’t stick because there wasn’t any proof, just “friends” expressing concern.

The tale makes a lot more sense after Johnny made sweet love to a microphone at the HFAs last Friday. He was completely drunk and possibly more. The dude swayed, slurred, cursed, and may have burped (or simply cursed again) onstage. He completely stole Shep Gordon’s moment, but Mike Myers defended Johnny’s “rock ‘n’ roll” speech. What a mess. This week’s issue of Star says Amber Heard was “mortified” when she got wind of Johnny’s onstage shenanigans:

Johnny Depp’s drunken behavior at a recent awards show made Captain Jack Sparrow look like Prince Charles. Audiences at the 18th Annual Hollywood Film Awards were stunned when Johnny stumbled onstage to present a documentary award for Mile Myers’ Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon, nearly knocking over the mocrophone in the process. “That’s the weirdest microphone I’ve ever seen in my life,” he muttered. “I’m not very good at this type of thing.”

While reading lines shouldn’t be too difficult a task for an actor, Johnny had considerable trouble with his speech. “Watch, I’m going to read this thing,” he burbled to the audience, who tittered uncomfortably at his slurred speech peppered with curse words. “You have to watch the film! Yeah, there you go. What does that say? It’s one of those nights.” Johnny ended his boozy tirade with a string of several more expletives before eventually getting cut off by producers.

“Johnny was extremely intoxicated,” a witness tells Star. “there were times he had to have someone help him stand. He couldn’t say a complete sentence — he made no sense.” Just last yeare Johnny insisted that he had given up drinking after learning that he and alcohol got along “maybe too well” but refused to consider himself an alcoholic. “No, it’s more my medication,” he insisted. “My self-medication over the years to calm the circus.”

But the circus is definitely in town. Johnny’s stress is mounting as he works feverishly on a staggering six movies, plus he’s planning his wedding to fiancee Amber Heard, who according to the source was reportedly mortified at her groom’s behavior. “This reflects really badly on her, and she’s not happy about it.”

Now those in Johnny’s inner circle are wondering if it should be last call for his self-destructive behavior. “There’s a chatter in Johnny’s camp about rehab,” the insider divulges. “At this point, he’s driving everyone — including Amber — away.”

[From Star, print edition, December 2, 2014]

I lean towards believing this story. Johnny’s never been a bastion of sobriety, but he’s been keeping it together (in public) for a few years. Getting drunk and making a fool of oneself isn’t nearly as bad as how Johnny used to behave. Remember how he would throw cocaine tantrums and toss furniture out of hotel rooms when he was dating Kate Moss? Then he started seeing Vanessa Paradis and grew up. Now he’s regressing, and I can believe Amber would worry about it reflecting badly upon her. Not that it’s her fault — it isn’t. This is all on Johnny. He wasn’t “maintaining” last weekend. He was flat-out, sloppy drunk, and I think he needs to find help.

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Margot Robbie’s underwater W cover: captivating or unflattering?

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Margot Robbie covers the December issue of W magazine. I’ll bet you barely recognize her, right? She’s submerged in a tub, and the feature is called “emerging star,” which is so cheesy. The concept isn’t awful, but it’s awfully hard to execute an underwater shoot. This cover looks so budget and artsy fartsy. Actually, Margot looks like she just smelled one as she holds her breath. That’s a terrible thing to say. This is a terrible way to treat a beautiful cover model. The photography is by video artist Bill Viola, and he shot Jake Gyllenhaal underwater for the same issue. Viola describes these photos as “very emotional” because they “bring out waves of feeling.” The results are not flattering at all to Margot. Let’s do some excerpts:

This crazy photoshoot: “I’ve been practicing in my bathtub. I am so excited. I’ve been holding my breath to see how long I can go without turning blue.”

Growing up with a pool in Australia: “It’s not about being rich, but everyone back home has a pool. And I was a total water baby. My mom couldn’t get me out–she’d put my dinner plate at the end of the pool, and I’d eat my meals in the water.”

On scoring Wolf: “The casting director took one look at me and said, ‘Go down the street and buy the tightest dress and highest heels you can find. That is Naomi.’ I came back dressed like that and read for Marty and Leo. Those heels were killing me, which is what I remembered most.”

She plays a con artist in Focus: “I now know how to steal a watch when someone’s wearing it. It’s an excellent talent to have.”

On soap opera Neighbours: “I was on the show for three years. And I spent the entire last year saving my money and practicing an American accent.”

On painful acting moments: “I learned a lot about pain and suffering during Pan Am. We had to wear very constricting period-correct girdles and bras. After that, I learned to read a script with an eye toward the undergarments.”

[From W magazine]

Margot was really looking forward to this shoot. The editorial isn’t quite as bad as the cover, but the whole shoot is a disaster. I guess it’s interesting in a “what were they thinking?” sort of way.

By the way, Margot officially signed on as Harley Quinn in the Suicide Squad movie that no one cares about. I think the movie is supposed to be an origin story for Harley, but who knows. I’m including some new-ish photos of Margot at the Harper’s Bazaar Women awards (in yellow Rosie Assoulin) and the Australians in Film gala (in white Dion Lee). She’s busting right out of the yellow gown.

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Lady Gaga Flaunts “Mother Monster” Ink

Lady Gaga Shows Off Her New TattooSinger Lady Gaga got some new ink! It looks pretty intricate with the “Mother Monster” and what looks like a curled fist. RELATED: Lady Gaga goes glam in Italy.

I can’t get over the location of the tattoo. Getting tattoos is painful no matter where you get it inked, but near your underarm? OOOOOUUUUUCCCCHHHHH. I just want to howl in sympathy pain- LOL.

Lady Gaga shared her new ink with the fans waiting outside her hotel in Manchester, England. Her tattoo wasn’t the only noticeable thing: take a look at the drop-crotch jumpsuit and hat (which I want to call “head gear” for whatever reason). Gaga’s dog, Asia, had her own unique head piece to wear, even. Too cute!

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Lady Gaga Shows Off Her New Tattoo
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ITW: Jennifer Aniston is prepared for an awards-showdown with Brangelina

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A lot of you didn’t think there was anything suspicious or Uncool Bermuda Triangle-ish going on earlier this week, when Jennifer Aniston appeared at a Cake screening during the same media cycle as Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken premiere. I still disagree. I’ve seen Angelina, Brad and Jennifer passive-aggressively poke each other enough times over the years to say that they all pay attention to each other in varying ways, to varying degrees. I’ve always thought that Jennifer plays into the Uncool Bermuda Triangle stuff a lot more than Brangelina, although Brad has his moments where it’s seemed like he’s said he was bored to tears being married to Jennifer. Now, after ten years of this crap, are we finally ready to bury the Uncoolness? Nope. The tabloids still want to paint Jennifer as a neurotic loser plotting out what she’s going to say to them at the Golden Globes.

Maybe Jennifer Aniston just wanted to lay low as she prepares for a ‘face off’ with Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt at January’s Golden Globe Awards, according to a Wednesday report from InTouch Weekly. Jennifer looks like she could be nominated for her drama Cake while Angelina will most likely get a nod for directing her WWII saga Unbroken and Brad could be singled out for his acting turn in the war epic Fury.

The weekly reported that Aniston is ‘repulsed’ by the Oscar-winning beauty and wants to ‘look her straight in the eye and tell her how she really feels.’

Angering the Aniston star is how Brad allowed his marriage to her be mocked while being interviewed by Zach Galifianakis during Funny Or Die’s Between The Ferns. In the skit the Ocean’s Eleven star looked annoyed to be reminded of his union with the beachy blonde. The weekly insisted the blonde bombshell felt humiliated by the references.

So she is ready to confront the power couple who wed this summer in France with their six children in attendance, earning them the People cover, it was added by the publication. Though it’s claimed the Friends star wants the confrontation, she is allegedly worried.

‘She is nervous to the point of being sick over the prospect of coming face-to-face with Brad and Angie,’ said the source. ‘But she has waited a decade for this.’

[From The Daily Mail]

Let me clear: I don’t think Aniston really feels this way. I don’t think she’s nervous or worried or even desirous of any kind of “face off.” I think her focus is on increasing the buzz for her “Oscar hopeful” Cake by any means necessary, and maybe part of her promotion involves hyping up the potential for an old-school Uncool Showdown. And maybe that’s one way to get a Golden Globe nomination? Because she’s not really going to get an Oscar nomination, right?

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Duchess Kate in Hobbs & Jenny Packham in London: mismatched or cute?

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Here are some photos of Duchess Kate doing some royal work last night in London. This event – for Place2Be – was actually held at Kensington Palace, so Kate could probably walk to the room where this was being held. Place2Be is one of Kate’s patronages and the event was a celebration of the Child Champion Award – go here to read more. Kate is being identified as “four months pregnant” at the moment. She’s barely showing. It was like before though, wasn’t it? When she was pregnant with George, it wasn’t until month five or six that she really “popped.”

As for her fashion… this ensemble is awful. I’m sorry, but it is! It’s like she got dressed in the dark. She paired a black polka-dotted peplum top by Hobbs with a blue satin skirt by Jenny Packham. The two pieces simply don’t go together – this isn’t “power clashing” or whatever. This is just a woman with no “eye” for putting together a cocktail-dress-code outfit. Something nice: her hair looks pretty. We always have to praise her when she pulls it back!

I wonder how many events Kate is going to do between now and the NYC trip? It will be her first-ever trip to New York, you know. I wonder if she’ll be able to fit in a spot of shopping.

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