Monday, January 31, 2011
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'Thank you for living the life and thank you for letting me play you,' Bale tells Eklund onstage.
By Aly Semigran
Christian Bale continued his awards-season domination Sunday night (January 30) at the 17th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards, as he emerged victorious in the Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role for his work in "The Fighter."
While heading to the podium to accept a statue has been nothing new for Bale over the past few weeks, things were a little different this time as the real-life Dicky Eklund joined him onstage in an unexpected moment. ("Fighter" star/producer Mark Wahlberg revealed moments later that he encouraged Eklund to go up if Bale won.)
After Bale reached the mic to thank voters, Eklund appeared and put his arm around the actor and embraced him with a handshake and a hug. "Dicky! All right!" a surprised Bale said. "This is the original quacker right here!" Eklund, wearing a black tux and a blue bow tie, congratulated Bale and told him, "Good job, Christian."
Bale reciprocated the feelings and told Eklund, "Thank you, mate. Thank you for living the life and thank you for letting me play you." To which Eklund, referring to a song by the Heavy that is featured in "The Fighter," asked, "How you like me now?" Before Eklund exited the stage, Bale responded with a smile, "I like you now."
The actor continued with his speech by thanking his fellow actors, particularly those who worked with him on the film.
"I love acting, I love what we do," Bale said of his profession. "It's so bloody silly at times, isn't it? It's like playing dress-up, and other times it is so meaningful. I just enjoy that so much. We get to walk in other people's shoes," adding, "Life without empathy is no fun at all."
Bale went on to talk to about how young actors often approach him to ask how he broke into the business, to which he told the SAG audience, "I never have any answers whatsoever."
But he said what keeps him motivated as an actor in such a tough industry is, "I find people endlessly fascinating. As long as you can do that, each project seems like something new." Still, he noted that any actor should be so lucky to work with his "Fighter" co-star. "Bumping into Mark Wahlberg ain't bad."
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Facebook founder meets onscreen alter egos Jesse Eisenberg and Andy Samberg, while Minaj rocks the stage and hilarious sketches.
By Mawuse Ziegbe
Jesse Eisenberg just scored an Oscar nomination for his portrayal of Facebook wunderkind Mark Zuckerberg, and on "Saturday Night Live" he got the chance to share the screen with his real-life inspiration.
After Eisenberg prattled on about how confident he is in comparison to the characters he often plays, Andy Samberg crashed "The Social Network" star's opening monologue as a bratty version of Zuckerberg. The two compared their Zuckerberg styles — Eisenberg speaks in short sentences, while Samberg just wears a sweatshirt and says "I'm Mark Zuckerberg" — while the real social media whiz chopped it up backstage with "SNL" executive producer Lorne Michaels. Eventually, the 26-year-old billionaire took the stage, and when it was revealed that Eisenberg and Zuckerberg have never met, Samberg quipped "Awkward!" and ran off. Zuckerberg then called the Oscar-nominated tale of the origins of Facebook "interesting," and Eisenberg graciously let the Internet entrepreneur introduce the show.
Eisenberg assumed a number of alter egos on Saturday's broadcast, like the horny adolescent who rubbed balloons on his partner's private parts during a demonstration of static electricity on "Mr. Wizard's World." The "Network" actor also turned up as a hapless contestant on VH1's "Don't Forget the Lyrics" who blurts out whatever's on his mind, like belting "one extra testicle" instead singing Robert Palmer's "A Bad Case of Lovin' You."
The star also turned up in a sketch reminiscent of his "Network" performance, as a college student who gets roped into a television interview with a surly, geriatric reporter who easily loses his train of thought and continuously slams his mic into Eisenberg's face.
Eisenberg also appeared as a castmember of MTV's "Skins" who is reduced to hawking fried chicken and used cars by reciting clumsy product-placement lines, and paired with Samberg once again for an ad for "El Shrinko," a product that reduces man bits to a size the ladies like — or so they say.
Eisenberg also joined forces with musical guest Nicki Minaj for the "Bride of Blackenstein" sketch. Minaj played a bootylicious but mouthy creation of a groovy evil genius while Eisenberg hobbled along as the hunchbacked flunky.
Minaj also rocked a digital short as a geeky voyeur with an affinity for eyeing folks during inappropriate times like, say, a funeral, and even showed viewers how to do the Peeping Tom-approved dance "The Creep."
In addition to showing off her funny side, the Trinidadian-born MC also treated viewers to two theatrical stage performances. Minaj first played "Right Thru Me," taking the stage in a voluminous mauve ball gown made of frilly tiers as pink-tinted fog enveloped the set. The star topped off the dress with a two-toned version of the Gumby-shaped wig that captivated fans when she recently hit London. Perhaps it was the gigantic gown, but Minaj stayed put for most of the song. However, she did keep the energy up by dipping in and out of her animated voices.
Minaj ditched the princess look for a funky colorful bodysuit for "Moment 4 Life." She also swapped out her Gumby wig for the towering, streaky hairpiece from her "Bride of Blackenstein" sketch, and added thigh-high magenta boots. This time, Minaj took advantage of the stage, energetically strutting around. The MC crouched and gyrated throughout the set as she showed off her singing skills, and wrapped up the performance with a dramatic pose and sneer — the type of out-of-nowhere zaniness her fans have come to crave.
"I mean, to be raised in New York, and to always hear about 'SNL,' " Minaj told MTV News last week. "I never had the honor of getting a pinkie toe in the building, now [I'm] here and it feels incredible."
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Mom-to-be Natalie Portman always shines on the red carpet with her sartorial choices. So, it's no surprise that she's vying for the Most Flawless Red-Carpet Fashionista category in our 2nd Annual iVillage Entertainment Awards.
And though the Oscar contender, 30, is thrilled to be nominated, she admits that her style isn't always so flawless.
"Well, it's really nice -- especially if you saw what I dress like if I'm not on the red carpet, which is pretty pretty sloppy," the Black Swan star said to iVillage, when we told her the news about her Entertainment Awards nomination (watch the video above). "But it's nice to have those sort of princess moments. I'm in sweatpants every other day."
Portman, who snagged the best actress Golden Globe this month, has some stiff competition in the Most Flawless Red-Carpet Fashionista category. The Town's Blake Lively, Glee's Lea Michele and Love & Other Drugs' Anne Hathaway are also being recognized for their stunning turns on the red carpet. And while Portman seems like a shoo-in for the Oscars, right now she's losing out to Hathaway for our style award! Have your say and vote!
Which celeb do you think has the best red-carpet style? Chime in below!
Sunday, January 30, 2011
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What a difference twenty miles makes. In Lowell, Mass., director David O. Russell found a warm reception as he lensed "The Fighter."
Katy Perry is about to embark on her first headlining tour -- and she's giving it the same wonderfully wacky treatment that she brings to her red carpet fashions. Perry, 26, tells Rolling Stone that she is approaching her worldwide "California Dreams" tour as if it's a Broadway show.
"It's got a storyline...kind of loosely based on my life, but a cartoon version," explains Perry, who says she'll be doing no less than 15 costume changes throughout the show. She also has some pretty unique ideas about the atmosphere she wants to create -- even down to how the theater will smell.
"It's the first concert that's going to smell good," she promises. "It's going to smell like you're in cotton candy heaven."
So does that mean she's taking a cue from her fabulous Candyland-themed "California Gurls" video? Yes indeed -- but this time, she's adding some protein.
"I have this whole thing in my show that is about candy and cupcakes and meat," she says. "It's both sweet and shocking, but not in a sexual way." Intriguing!
The 95-date tour kicks off in February, but fans may get a sneak peek when Perry performs at the Grammys on February 13th. Though she's keeping her rehearsals under lock and key, she says that it's going to be her "favorite performance ever."
In addition to being nominated for four Grammys, Perry also is leading the nominees for Celeb Whose Wild Style We Can't Get Enough Of in our iVillage Entertainment Awards. Think she can yank the title out from under Lady Gaga? Cast your vote now!
Do you like Katy Perry's idea of a concert that smells like cotton candy and feels like a Broadway show? Chime in below!
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