Blake Lively has said buh-bye to her blond bombshell status -- the "Gossip Girl" star has a new hair color, officially changing from towhead to redhead.
Lively, who will star in "The Green Lantern" this summer, stepped out Wednesday at the Time 100 Most Influential People in the World Gala with her signature blond locks coated in a shade of crimson for a movie role with Alec Baldwin, Chloe Moretz and Rory Culkin.
"It's for the film 'Hick,' "she told People. "I thought [my character] needed red hair. It helps when you're playing a role, when I don't feel like myself. And I don't really feel like myself with red hair."
The new face of Chanel handbags wowed onlookers in her green Zuhair Murad gown, but it was her 'do that stole the show.
"I love it," she said. "I feel like Ariel."
Aside from the Little Mermaid, Lively joins other famous redheads Julia Roberts, Isla Fisher, Julianne Moore, Amy Adams and Joy Behar. Which one is your favorite?
What do you think of Blake's new locks? Are you sad to see the signature Serena Van der Woodsen look go? Tell us in comments.
Victoria's Secret model Candice Swanepoel bore some scrutiny when she debuted the upcoming swimsuit collection with her fellow Victoria's Secret Angels this week at the Mondrian Hotel in Los Angeles.
Apparently we need another reminder that swimsuit season is once again upon us.
Photos of the the South African beauty's tiny waist, slender arms and skinny legs next to the curvy Alessandra Ambrosio and Adriana Lima set off the controversy, as the 22-year-old seemed a tad plumper (a healthy plumper) in recent months.
"I am healthy and happy," Swanepoel told the New York Daily News through a rep. "I'm heartened to know how much everyone cares about me, but in this case everything is normal and good."
The 2011 swimsuit issue cover girl's most recent modeling card said she was 5-foot-9 and wore size-8 dresses, though the photos seem to tell another story. She insisted that her diet is determined by stress and traveling.
"I work out a lot. I box. I'm obsessed with it," Swanepoel told Hollyscoop.com. "It helps a lot with traveling, you know, to be strong and carry on with everything."
Victoria's Secret models are generally a little bustier and curvier than high-fashion models because, well, something has to go in those cups.
The models' contracts specifically say they are expected to be "healthy and muscular," and Swanepoel could lose her contract if she gets too thin, a source familiar with the contract told E!
"There is a really clear criteria for both Angels and the catalogue. Their career path is 'Sports Illustrated' swimsuit issue, then to Angel, it's the highest-paying contract there is, period. The image is about being voluptuous, it's not fat, but it's curvy," the source said. "But if you start to look skinny and 'editorial print-like,' like fashion mag models, like undernourished, it gives the image the company does not want."
Former Victoria's Secret model Tyra Banks also dealt with scrutiny over her weight when she gained a few pounds after retiring from the runway.
What do you think, Gossip Ministers? Is she skinny enough to lose her contract? Tell us in comments.
Top photos, left to right, Alessandra Ambrosio, Candice Swanepoel and Adriana Lima pose during the launch of the 2011 Victoria's Secret Swim collection in West Hollywood on March 30, 2011. Credits: Mario Anzuoni / Reuters
Right photo: Candice Swanepoel at Victoria's Secret Herald Square on Feb. 9, 2011, in New York. Credit: Joe Corrigan / Getty Images
It seems Kirstie Alley and George Lopez have declared a cease-fire after a week's worth of barbs, fat jokes and Twitter apologies.
Alley hoofed it Monday on the premiere of the 12th cycle of "Dancing With the Stars," prompting Lopez to call her a pig on his TBS show the following evening.
"She did a nice job, her little hooves tapping away. Before the show she went to the market, and then she had roast beef, and this is her going all the way home," he said just before showing a clip of a pig squealing.
That began the public feud between the once-chubby comedian and the former "Fat Actress," who has publicly struggled with weight issues for years. Lopez's monologue sparked outrage among various women's groups, and the 60-year-old actress finally acknowledged the jokes via Twitter on Thursday.
"Don't worry about George's comments...just remember what happens to the big bad, drunk woolf...falls in a boiling pot of vodka.Piggy laughs," she wrote.
In response, and instead of bringing it up on his Thursday night telecast, Lopez took to the micro-blogging site to say he was sorry. "I misjudged the joke. No malice was intended and I apologize to Kirstie," he tweeted.
Alexz Johnson took Twitter's top searches by storm Tuesday after she shared a video of her playing her new single "Thief" featuring Jimmy Robbins.
The pair played guitar together as Johnson sang in the black-and-white video uploaded to YouTube, giving 13-year-old Rebecca Black, that recent polarizing YouTube sensation, a run for her money.
Updated, 8:35 p.m.: Johnson's song "Time to Be Your 21" was featured on Monday's episode of ABC Family's "Pretty Little Liars," which also prompted the tweets. Thanks to Alexz's fans for the heads up via comments and tweets.
"Its insane... My music finally has a chance to be heard!!," she said when contacted by the Ministry.
Besides topping the Twitter searches, fans petitioned for the singer to get a verified account on the microblogging site.
"Alexz Johnson still trending!! Crazy!!!!!!," Johnson tweeted earlier with a photo of the popular topics.
The 24-year-old singer-actress garnered love from celebrity fans including Nelly Furtado and Demi Lovato, who tweeted props to the singer.
"Alexz Johnson is trending.. Pretty cool. She's the reason I picked up the guitar and started writing songs," the "Sonny with a Chance" star wrote.
"So excited! Just found out BRAND NEW #Alexz Johnson single, "LOOK AT THOSE EYES" comes out early-this tuesday on i-tunes! Don't sleep!" Furtado tweeted.
Johnson, who has appeared in "Final Destination 3" and "Smallville," is best known for her short stint on "Instant Star," a Canadian television show where she played an "American Idol"-like contest winner only to learn that fame came at an unsavory price.
Her newest album "Reloaded" will be available April 26.
Do you think Johnson's "Thief" is stealing Black's spotlight? Let us know in comments.
Viewers of "The Office" who got really excited when Steve Carell's Michael Scott crossed paths with Ricky Gervais' David Brent at the Dunder Mifflin elevator can prepare to get even more excited: Gervais has been tapped to make another sales call on the U.S. incarnation of the show.
Gervais, who is a co-creator of the "cash cow" and played the boss Brent on the British version of the show, will make his second appearance on the U.S. edition May 19, soon after Steve Carell's final episode airs in April. Details about his story line are unclear.
Will Arnett ("Arrested Development," "30 Rock") will also have a guest spot in the one-hour season finale, appearing on the NBC show for the first time. Will Ferrell has already been cast for a multi-episode arc in the show, which has been renewed for an eighth season.
Dunder Mifflin Sabre hasn't been this exciting since Jim and Pam tied the knot! Let us know your thoughts in comments.
As the wedding of Prince William and Kate Middleton approaches, there are myriad collectibles to see and to buy. Now, for all you royals watchers, there's actually something to watch: a Lifetime movie.
"Kate & William," set to air April 18 on the cable channel, is "inspired by the true events of the royal courtship" — a courtship that apparently required the ingestion of a lot of wine. Camilla Luddington, below left, and Nico Evers-Swindell, below right, have been cast as the happy couple.
Check out the trailer above, and then join the Ministry in a little game of mix-and-match between art and life: If it were up to you, which two would be getting married? Having been pushed into a tacky mood by a quick review of royal wedding collectibles, and feeling rather ugly-American and superficial in general, we're in a mood to pair Kate with Nico, for hotness reasons. Or maybe Nico with Wills, just to stir the pot?
Your mileage may vary — please weigh in, in the poll below.
Photos: Camilla Luddington, left, plays Kate Middleton in the Lifetime movie "Kate & William"; Nico Evers-Swindell, right, takes on the role of Prince William and has possibly the best last name ever. Credits, from left: Lifetime Entertainment Services / Reuters; Chris Jackson / Getty Images; Scott Barbour / Getty Images; Rikers Bros. / Reuters.
The day has finally come (it's Friday, "Friday") for the Ministry to acknowledge the viral virility of Rebecca Black's song and music video of the same name.
After a week in hiding, the Auto-Tuned songstress -- whose producers insist she sang in key -- talked with "Good Morning America" on, you guessed it, Friday, about the "Why is this playing over and over in my head?" quality of her song.
"I think that's an accomplishment. Even a person who doesn't like it, it's going to be stuck in their head. That's the point of it. It's a catchy song," said Rebecca, 13.
The Orange County eighth-grader, who seems bred from Ke$ha and Kim Kardashian's musical mash-ups and looks slightly like Lea Michele, has been omnipresent on social media all week with reactions to her song, which goes a little something like this:
7 a.m. She wakes up. She needs her bowl and cereal. Then needs to get down to the bus stop. Then needs to make the really difficult decision of where to sit in the car.
"Kickin in the front seat, sittin' in the back seat, which seat can I take?"
Mel Gibson entered a no contest plea in L.A. Superior Court Friday, shortly after the district attorney's office charged him with one misdemeanor count of battery against ex-girlfriend Oksana Grigorieva.
To end a drama that went public shortly after the couple broke up last April, Gibson will be on informal probation for 36 months but will serve no jail time -- the one-year sentence for battery on a spouse, cohabitant or parent of a child was suspended.
Grigorieva, who had been present throughout depositions and more, was neither identified by name in court nor appeared at the hearing, held at the Airport Courthouse. The district attorney's office also announced Friday it would not charge her with attempted extortion, citing insufficient evidence turned up in the investigation.
The Oscar winner also was ordered to continue mental-health counseling for 52 weeks, complete a 52-week domestic violence course, do 16 hours of community service and pay some nominal fines. He also must obey the terms of an order of protection preventing him from annoying, threatening or using force or violence against anyone involved in the case.
All of this was related, of course, to that Jan. 6 altercation in which his ex-girlfriend said he hit her while she was holding their child Lucia -- and to the infamous tapes of Gibson ranting at Grigorieva.
The premiere of the Jennifer Lopez "On the Floor" video on "American Idol" was a welcome distraction Thursday night after at the end of two intense hours of watching talented kids get sent home -- a relief, of course, until the guillotine came down for the last time moments after the video ended.
It was interesting to see the current style of music video (J. Lo's tune features rapper Pitbull) juxtaposed with the more classic songs the wild-card hopefuls chose to perform in their last-ditch efforts to stay in the running.
There'd been an interactive fan component to the "On the Floor" reveal. "Idol" fans were able to watch three endings online ahead of time, with the most popular version shown Thursday night. (Anybody remember "Choose Your Own Adventure"?)
Separate from the song, there are a few awesome shots of Lopez shaking her money maker, which is one asset that simply makes us happy. If it would make you happy to know the names of "Idol's" Top 13, visit Show Tracker.
"Black Swan" star Natalie Portman is expecting a baby with fiance Benjamin Millipied, in case you've been living under a rock. And on Portman's way to Sunday's Oscars red carpet, she swaddled that baby bump in any number of glamorous getups.
The Ministry is proud to present a mini-restrospective on the pregnant Portman, above, from left, with her looks from Saturday's Independent Spirit Awards, the Feb. 7 Oscar nominees luncheon, the Jan. 30 Screen Actors Guild Awards and the Jan. 16 Golden Globe Awards.
Will Portman win the lead actress Oscar? Time will tell — but for now we'd like to give her an unofficial "nicely played" nod.