Today in celebrity gossip: The First Lady is on vacation with Oprah, American Horror Story's Emma Roberts is now engaged to Evan Peters, and Wayne Brady MIGHT be dating TLC's Chilli.
Just a few days shy of her 50th birthday Michelle Obama is crossing something major off her bucket list right now: Vacationing in Hawaii with Oprah a.k.a. DOING IT RIGHT. Following a more typical family vacation on Oahu, the first lady has decided to stay behind as her husband and daughters returned to D.C. so that she can crash in Oprah's 12-bedroom Maui pad for some much needed R&R&O. TMZ does not indicate whether Gayle will be joining the two ladies for their tropical vision quest, but we can only speculate about just what these two will get up to these next few days. Patio daiquiris, living room hula, back yard pig roasts, tossing macadamia nuts into each others' mouths, crafting, seances with ancient island spirits, scrapbooking, bat-catching, orca taming, running barefoot in circles across the lawn, kite flying, throwing valuable treasures into volcanoes, prank-calling John Travolta, shouting "LOCALS ONLY" at tourists, fashioning unmentionables from coconut shells. Michelle Obama and Oprah are probably having it ALL. "It's truly a lady's vacation," reports TMZ and TMZ has never been more correct. Oh, the imagination runs wild! As shall they. As shall they. [TMZ]
Only a few months after Emma Roberts was arrested for roughing up her American Horror Story co-star Evan Peters in a Montreal hotel room, the pair are now engaged to be married! Or it would appear that way since Roberts has begun sporting a "pink and gold diamond ring" following a New Year's Eve celebration in London. Truly our generation's Sid & Nancy, Roberts' and Peters' love is unexplainable, unknowable, and excruciatingly attractive. As a source close to the pair explained to the Daily Mail, "Their romance is pretty extreme. They just behave in a way that's very passionate." Also, in that linked article there's an accompanying photo of a sobbing Roberts collapsing into Peters' arms shortly after her arrest. So, you know, if there's one thing that you can take away from this story it's that none of us will ever experience the highs or lows of such a relationship and that's probably for the best. The average human can only withstand so much, you know? The only thing that really matters is that this season of American Horror Story is one of the best seasons of any show in the history of television and I for one cannot wait until the salacious, tell-all, behind-the-scenes, making-of oral history becomes a bestseller in a few years. The Angela Bassett chapters alone! [Daily Mail]
But forget about that. In what is very likely THE romance of the century, former talk show host and forever-castmember of Whose Line Is It Anyway? Wayne Brady is reported to be dating Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas of the legendary girl group TLC. If you need to take a second and just gather your thoughts and allow your pulse to return to normal, that is fine and even recommended. Because this kind of thing doesn't happen every day! But it's happening now. The pair were spotted holding hands in the MGM Grand! An inside source (but probably not the same inside source who'd gabbed about Emma Roberts and Evan Peters to Daily Mail, unless maybe it is a psychic wizard who is very nosy and loves calling up tabloids to talk about everybody's business?) tells People that Wayne Brady and Chilli have "been down this road before, but now the timing is right." They are dating and that is the reality we must now accept. BUT HOLD UP. Don't go chasing that waterfall just yet. According to E! Online, the pair are NOT dating. An official rep for Chilli (who is probably not a psychic wizard) told E! that "Chilli and Wayne are friends but there is nothing else going on besides friendship." Shortly after that (a possibly crestfallen?) Wayne Brady tweeted "So, just clear it up @officialchilli are not dating. Who wouldn't want to though, right? Don't believe everything u read:)" And then, perhaps as a response to Wayne Brady's denial of their evident love, Chilli went ahead and named her biggest crush of all: "Chris Pine is definitely what Chilli wants." Oh, the anguish! Sorry, everybody. Love is dead. [People, E! Online]
Did real-life psychic wizard Ian McKellen casually out a bunch of his fellow Hobbit castmates in a very old interview from two years ago? It's suddenly looking that way! According to an (admittedly shakily translated) interview with German website Brash.de, McKellen lauded the increased visibility of gay actors in the Tolkien franchise by saying, "Just look only how many openly gay actors in the Hobbit with were [sic]: two of the dwarves, to Luke Evans, Stephen Fry, Lee Pace. In The Lord of the Rings, I was the only one." Which, uh, if you are at all an enthusiast of the Tolkien movies and happen to be interested in which working actors in Hollywood are or are not gay, then none of those names should come as any surprise to you. The problem is, some of them have never publicly stated that they are gay, which would mean McKellen violated the ancient gentlemen's agreement of not outing people who have not first outed themselves. (To be fair, Luke Evans was openly gay back when he starred in that weird Boy George broadway show Taboo, but he and his team vigorously re-closeted him when he seemed poised for movie stardom.) Also, McKellen's cryptic mention of "two dwarves" practically begs for speculation as to which two. (As Jezebel notes, actor Adam "Ori" Brown has come out, so one down!) Anyway, this story is not interesting for what it reveals about anybody's sexuality as much as how actors have to closely control their own publicity, particularly when they have an irascible, outspoken co-worker like McKellen. Gandalf, you rascal! [Jezebel]
Forbes is basically your father's BuzzFeed, just churning out lists as fast as it can in order to get attention. Well, here's their newest one: The 2014 Forbes 30 Under 30 List! Which is actually comprised of no fewer than 450 people! (30 chosen for each of 15 different fields). But it's the Hollywood & Music fields we're most concerned with at the moment as they contain such youthful luminaries as Justin Bieber, Miley Cyrus, Lena Dunham, Lorde, and "actress-social entrepreneur" Olivia Wilde. But for every baffling pick (Kelly Osbourne? Dave Franco?) there are some no-brainers (Jennifer Lawrence, Michael B. Jordan, Anna Kendrick) and lesser-known but very deserving heroes (writer Megan Amram, producer Megan Ellison, and JASH mastermind Mickey Meyer). So yeah: Weird list! Also WOW, do I feel old now. [E! Online]
Sometimes when you are Zac Efron you need to go grocery shopping. Obviously that would entail wearing a beanie and sunglasses inside the grocery store and also riding your skateboard down each aisle. Obviously. That is just a fact of life of being Zac Efron. Deal with it! [Us Weekly]
I usually try to end on something sexy, but this is only sexy if you think taking pride in one's Canadian heritage is sexy. (Hint: It is VERY sexy.) Ladies and gentleman, please enjoy this simple but delightful Twitter exchange between Rainn Wilson and Ellen Page:
.@rainnwilson um excuse me?— Ellen Page (@EllenPage) January 6, 2014
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