One benefit to being Mila Kunis' friend: a hookup on Dior purses. The raven-haired beauty has been chosen as the new international spokeswoman for the Miss Dior handbag.
Kunis appears in new campaign for the shoulder candy, joining the ranks of her "Black Swan" costar Natalie Portman and "Young Adult" lead Charlize Theron, both faces of Dior fragrances. "Dark Knight Rises" actress Marion Cotillard remains the face of Lady Dior bags.
"I am absolutely thrilled to be working with Dior," says Kunis in a statement. "The brand is iconic in so many ways. It defines fashion, elegance and sophistication."
Mila had a banner 2011 with the award attention from "Swan" dovetailing nicely with her sexy summer comedy "Friends With Benefits" alongside Justin Timberlake. She's just wrapped production on "Oz: The Great and Powerful," costarring James Franco and Michelle Williams.
Mila Kunis and Sgt. Scott Moore attended the Marine Corps Ball in Greeneville, N.C., on Friday night — Moore being the Afghanistan veteran who shall be forever known as the guy who started it all.
In addition to his veteran status, Moore is a different kind of American hero for starting this year's wave of celebrity invites to the USMC's big night, but he didn't do it alone. On Thursday, he credited "wingmen" Justin Timberlake and Dan Lamothe of the Military Times for their help getting his invitation to Kunis.
The "Forgetting Sarah Marshall" actress arrived at the venue around 2:30 p.m. Friday and was promptly whisked away from media eyes, said local station WNCT, which also noted that Moore's recently returned 3rd battalion, 2nd Marines had lost seven in Afghanistan. It's that sort of sacrifice that's remembered each year for the Marine Corps' birthday.
Despite the presence of Hollywood hotties shining a spotlight on this year's celebrations, "the Marines and sailors know what the night is about," spokesman Capt. Scott Sasser told the Greenville Daily Reflector. "That's been the focus the whole time." A good time was had by all, Sasser said.
Timberlake in particular was moved by his experience as Cpl. Kelsey De Santis' date in Virginia last weekend, calling attention to the dedication and sacrifices of the Marines in a post on his personal blog.
Following in Kunis and Timberlake's footsteps, Kristin Cavallari hit the ball in Temecula with Camp Pendleton's Lance Cpl. Jonathan Burkett on Thursday, after getting permission from beau Jay Cutler, of course. Betty White couldn't get the time off work and had to pass, as did Scarlett Johansson, who sent a case of bubbly to cover for her absence at the Nov. 10 ball held in Georgia.
And can we give a nod to Military Times' Lamothe, wingman extraordinaire? In a blog post Wednesday, he explained that while searching for bootleg clips of Marines in Afghanistan, he'd cracked up when he found Moore's video invite to Kunis. He posted it on the Battle Rattle blog, only to have it go viral — resulting in a Fox reporter bringing it up to Kunis and Timberlake days later in a "Friends With Benefits" interview. And the rest is history.
Since going viral, the video has been watched nearly 4 million times.
Photo: Sgt. Scott Moore and his guest, Mila Kunis, enjoy the 236th Marine Corps birthday ball for 3rd Battalion, 2nd Marine Regiment, 2nd Marine Division in Greenville, N.C., on Friday. Credit: Cpl. Johnny Merkley / Marine Corps.
Justin Timberlake better be prepared to bust a move at tonight's Marine Corps Ball, because his date Cpl. Kelsey de Santis is challenging the singer to a dance-off.
So what if he's an international star with years of training from his early days with the Mickey Mouse club and N'Sync. She says bring it on. In fact, he might want to start doing "The Dougie" now.
“My friends keep saying, ‘Dance-off!’ They know about my skills,” she told Access Hollywood. “I honestly don’t think he’ll be able to keep up with my group of people.” In fact, she's got “multiple signature moves,” and yes, one of them is “The Dougie.”
What if Timberlake tries to steal a smooch at the ball? De Santis, who is stationed at the base in Quantico, Va., is fine with that too, but she would never "force anything upon him."
“Of course, I’m single! I don’t know [if a kiss will happen.] I guess that’s all up to JT and what his plans are,” she explained on the show.
The Marine asked Justin to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., back in July via Youtube, after his "Friends With Benefits" costar Mila Kunis accepted a similar invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore. Check out De Santis' invitation below.
Scarlett Johansson, your long, naked nightmare may be over: The FBI has arrested a man it suspects of hacking into email accounts of celebs and their friends to procure and distribute revealing personal pictures.
Christopher Chaney, 35, of Jacksonville, Fla., was arrested Wednesday after a yearlong investigation dubbed Operation Hackerazzi by the FBI in Los Angeles.
Mila Kunis and Christina Aguilera were, along with Johansson, officially confirmed as victims courtesy of an indictment unsealed Wednesday. Their names have been frequently mentioned in connection with the story as it unfolded.
So how is Chaney alleged to have done it? The Times' celeb crime specialists Andrew Blankstein and Richard Winton (Harriet Ryan and Victoria Kim are on the Dr. Conrad Murray trial related to the death of Michael Jackson) heard it like this from law enforcement:
Mining details of the stars' personal lives in celebrity magazines and websites as well as Twitter and Facebook posts, Chaney looked for potential passwords that would give him access to their accounts, the FBI said. The name of a dog. A favorite movie. An old address. A sibling's nickname.
Once he cracked the password, officials charged, he hit a gold mine, gaining access to the stars' address books as well as any photos and other files saved on their emails. He used an email forwarding program that automatically duplicated any messages the stars received into his account. So even when the celebrities change their passwords, he'd know about it, officials said.
"It started as curiosity, and it turned to just being addictive," he told Action News in Jacksonville. "Seeing the behind-the-scenes of what's going on with the people you see on the big screen."
The FBI said Chaney didn't intend to sell the images, one of which was described by a Ministry staffer (in not so many words) as revealing that Johansson possessed a lower half granted by a higher power.
Despite saying he was sorry and posting $10,000 bond, Chaney is essentially grounded at his parents' house now, with absolutely no Internet privileges. He faces up to 121 years in prison if found guilty on all counts.
Wait till the judge gets home.
P.S.: Crime guys Blankstein and Winton are all over this and other stories daily on L.A. Now. Follow them on Twitter for timely and often juicy updates: @anblanx and @LAcrimes.
Photos: From left, Mila Kunis, Christina Aguilera and Scarlett Johansson. Credits: Kirk McKoy / Los Angeles Times, left; Hannes Magerstaedt / Getty Images, center; Vittorio Zunino Celotto / Getty Images
Justin Timberlake is reportedly telling folks to go ahead and cry themselves a river, because that's not his penis in a picture stolen from Mila Kunis' smartphone.
His "Friends With Benefits" costar Kunis is reportedly the victim of a phone hack, in which several pictures were unearthed, among them one allegedly depicting Timberlake shirtless and one nudie pic showing an unidentified man's package.
But the exposed member ain't his, he's personally telling friends, according to a TMZ report.
The four pictures floating around are said to include one of Timberlake wearing pink panties on his head, and another of Kunis in a bathtub.
This hasn't been a banner week for Hollywood keeping a lid on sexy camera photos. Personal pics of Scarlett Johansson surfaced as well, resulting in a viral sensation Wednesday over photos of her bare bottom and chest.
(Not to mention a subsequent flurry of cease-and-desist letters, which pretty quickly resulted in the ScarJo pics being taken down by websites including BuzzFeed and the Dirty, to name a few, though versions of the images with the naughty bits blacked out could still be found online Friday.)
Scarlett Johansson is the latest Hollywood type to be invited to the Marine Corps Ball, this time to the Nov. 10 event in Albany, Ga.
Perhaps rebounding from that whirlwind Sean Penn thing, or maybe even the Ryan Reynolds thing, Johansson declined. She cited a "prior commitment," but the Ministry suspects something else was to blame: a high-concept video.
Original inviter Sgt. Scott Moore, who asked Mila Kunis to his Nov. 18 event on a bet, stood in front of a camera in Afghanistan and simply asked.
Cpl. Kelsey de Santis, who's ball-bound with Justin Timberlake on Nov. 12, had a few burly fellow Marines as background, but essentially stood in front of a camera in Quantico, Va., and simply asked.
Then things went south -- quite literally, to video shoots in Texas and Georgia. Betty White declined the invitation of Sgt. Ray Lewis, whose video included various calisthenics and a costume change. Now "Avengers" actress Johansson says no to Sgt. Dustin L. Williams, whose video included various calisthenics and a picture of Johansson toasting with bubbly.
Coincidence? We blame the emphasis on editing and story line!
Of course, Kunis and Timberlake might have be influenced by the fact that their invites came in the course of their high-profile promotional campaign for "Friends With Benefits," but we don't want to go there. Miley Cyrus, meanwhile, got invites both simple and more sophisticated, but may have been overwhelmed by the multiple requests.
White and Johansson both declined graciously -- with the latter promising to send a case of Champagne to help Williams and his pals celebrate the Marine Corps' birthday, and "Terminator" actress Linda Hamilton posting her own video offering to step into White's party shoes.
Back in Georgia, Williams seemed prepped for whatever answer came, telling Zap2It via e-mail earlier this week, "With her current career I would imagine Scarlett Johansson is a busy woman.... Nothing ventured, nothing gained."
He said that a yes, however, would have boosted the morale of the Marines as a whole.
Mila Kunis and Justin Timberlake lent each other a hand Monday night, premiering their comedy "Friends With Benefits" at New York City's Ziegfeld Theater.
The skin-baring romp had plenty of other supportive pals walking the red carpet, including cast members Emma Stone, Bryan Greenberg, Jenna Elfman and Patricia Clarkson and director Will Gluck.
Gayle King, who knows a thing or two about a beneficial friendship, stopped by, as did "Bridesmaids" funny gal Rose Byrne, Olympian Shaun White and HBO stars including Perrey Reeves, Melissa George and Emmanuelle Chriqui.
An after-party followed at the Standard hotel, attracting the likes of Courtney Love, Richard Jenkins and New York types including model Marcus Schenkenberg, photog Terry Richardson, Christian Siriano, Irina Shayk and "Gossip Girl's" Matthew Settle.
Kunis and Timberlake have been making their rounds promoting the flick, which opens Friday, and we think Kunis does the most convincing job of selling it.
"If you are a lady ... you might want to see Justin's tushy. If you're a male, you might want to see my side boob," she said in an interview embedded below.
Justin Timberlake has accepted Marine Cpl. Kelsey de Santis' invitation to the Marine Corps Ball in Washington, D.C., schedule permitting.
"If my schedule works out to do it, I'd love to do it. It's an honor," he said Friday said at a media event to promote the film "Friends with Benefits."
"I don't get asked out ever, so I was very flattered by that," Timberlake said by way of explanation, according to CNN. Her call-out of his song "Cry Me a River" was something he loved, but not the clincher.
It won't be a double date with his costar Mila Kunis and Marine Sgt. Scott Moore, despite the cuteness of that concept. The birthday ball is a nationwide celebration for the U.S. Marine Corps, and Moore invited Kunis to the Nov. 18 festivities in North Carolina, where his unit is based. Di Santis, the only woman at the Martial Arts Center for Excellence (MACE) at Marine Corps Base Quantico, in Virginia, will be partying in her neck of the woods on Nov. 12.
Mila Kunis will indeed attend the Marine Corps Ball with Sgt. Scott Moore, she confirmed loud and proud Thursday, putting to rest a rumor that she'd backed out.
Watch the video if you can, because she said it best: "Never did I say that I was not going." That version of events was made up, she said, "and people believed it, unfortunately."
The rumor, which appeared to be based on a look at Kunis' production obligations, was sketchy but got a lot of play.
"I accepted an invitation and I'm staying true to my word," the actress said at a "Friends With Benefits" media event. "I got permission to be released from work for the day, so I'm flying in and flying out." Kunis will be headed for the Greenville, N.C., event on Nov. 18.
The Tuesday after Kunis said yes, Moore said in an official military statement that he'd uploaded the video on a bet. The sergeant had taken questions submitted from stateside reporters, according to the Military Times, but wasn't available for interviews because, you know, he was a little busy being a Marine on active duty in Afghanistan.
"It was kind of a bet between me and Marines in my platoon," Moore said. "I told everyone I was going to do it, but they didn't think I would go through with it," he wrote. "Of course, a bet between Marines must be honored, so I took the chance. You can't make shots that you don't take, so I took the best shot I could."
Having Justin Timberlake as his wing man didn't hurt either.
"I wanted to take Mila Kunis to the Marine Corps ball," he said (The ball is a pretty big deal). "We all talk about what we are going to do when we get back, and this was my dream. I do feel bad for putting her on the spot, but it's not like I was going to bump into her on the streets of Musa Qal'eh between now and the ball."
Meanwhile, given Timberlake's role in getting his costar to say yes, it was only a matter of time before a female Marine got all Sadie Hawkins on him. Backed by a few burly friends, Cpl. Kelsey De Santis decided to "call out" Timberlake with an invite to the Nov. 12 ball she will be attending in Washington (Watch out if you click, because although the video's clean, the comments definitely are not). And then there was that nonmilitary chick with the mask and the gun. Ladies, ladies!
Meanwhile, back home in Pennsylvania, Moore's parents approved.
"What hit me initially when I saw it was, boy, am I glad that he has a moment to be able to take time to do something fun," his father said. "Because I know they've put in extremely long hours and a lot of hard work goes in over there."
Mila Kunis may have won acclaim for "Black Swan," but it's the red, white and blue that's getting her high marks from the Ministry: The actress has accepted an invitation from Sgt. Scott Moore to attend the Marine Corps Ball this fall.
In a polite, to-the-point YouTube video that he uploaded in June from Afghanistan, Moore asked Kunis to be his date for the ball, scheduled for Nov. 18 in Greenville, N.C.
"Take a second, think about it, get back to me. All right, bye now," Moore said in the clip, which you can watch below.
Credit his Marine swagger, or perhaps a push from Kunis' "Friends With Benefits" costar Justin Timberlake -- Moore is getting his wish. While talking to Fox 411 over the weekend, Timberlake asked Kunis if she'd seen the Marine's plea, then pressed her to attend. "I'm going to work on this, man," he said before sending Moore a direct message. "This needs to go down."
"I'll go. I'll do it for you," she said. The Marine Corps Ball is a significant bash for the Semper Fi bunch. We can't wait to see Kunis on Moore's arm, dress blues and all.