From Her Dress to HER After-Party, Rihanna Won the Met Ball

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As though that yellow Guo Pei dress (a near unanimous, if equally-as-meme’d favorite) wasn’t enough to make it clear that Rihanna was the belle of last night’s ball, once the scene migrated from the Met, many headed to RiRi’s very own after party. A-List guests went downtown to Up & Down where RiRi further secured her title as winner of the night. (Not including Anna Wintour). 

The party was presented by D’USSE and Armand de Brignac. Guests included Chloë Sevigny, Gabrielle Union, Dwyane Wade, Vanessa Hudgens, Selena Gomez, Elizabeth Banks, Diddy, Miley, Chrissy Teigen, John Legend, Elizabeth Banks, Keri Russell, Jessica Alba, Usher, Janelle Monae, Jeremy Scott, Hailee Steinfeld, Madonna, Kendall Jenner, and Justin Bieber.

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChloë Sevigny. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEGabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMiley & Diddy. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJessica Alba. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEVanessa Hudgens & Selena Gomez. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEUsher. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEJeremy Scott and Janelle Monae. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSE#Posse. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSESolange Knowles & Alan Ferguson. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEMadonna. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEChrissy Teigen & John Legend. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEKeri Russell & Elizabeth Banks. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty

Rihanna's Private Met Gala After Party At Up & Down Presented By D'USSEHailee Steinfeld. Photo: Kevin Mazur/Getty


The First Actual Trailer for ‘Catching Fire’ Premieres

So now it’s 2013 and we have this thing now where we do teaser trailers for the actual trailers for movies, which is what happened with the hype around the upcoming sequel to The Hunger Games, Catching Fire. About a month ago, there was a 15-second teaser for this trailer, and its appearance last night at the MTV Movie Awards. This is a ridiculous marketing strategy why are we doing this, but if you’re into the Hunger Games series, these are very exciting times. 

In this trailer, we get the first look at the brewing revolution in Panem, for which Katniss Everdeen (Jennifer Lawrence) has become a symbol of hope and defiance. Things start to get real (really real) and the government, led by the evil President Snow and his new right-hand man, Plutarch Heavensbee (Philip Seymour Hoffman!) starts going after previous winners. As per the name, lots of things do, in fact, catch fire. For more, watch the trailer below. 

Chris Pine & Elizabeth Banks Play Long-Lost Siblings in ‘People Like Us’

It’s a time-tested nightmare scenario: You meet someone furiously good-looking and emotionally appealing, spend a little while flirting with them, and then — surprise, surprise — find out that they’re a long-lost relative, sending you into sexual therapy for a few years. People Like Us, the directorial debut of Transformers writer Alex Kurtzman, adds a few wrinkles to the formula: There’s $150,000 of inheritance money at stake, and one of the characters already knows he’s related to the other. Fun fun fun! In the movie, Chris Pine and Elizabeth Banks play unknowing siblings (he knows, she doesn’t), with Pine tasked with giving their dead father’s savings to Banks’s son. But he’s less than forward about his knowledge of their relation when they first meet, leading to the most awkwardly unintentional courtship this side of Luke and Leia. Watch the trailer after the click, via the Hollywood Reporter.

Olivia Wilde is there to play Pine’s girlfriend, while Michelle Pfeiffer plays a mom of questionable mental stability. Apparently, the movie’s original title was Welcome to People. Ha ha. Soooo not awkward, right? People Like Us is out on June 29.

‘The Hunger Games’ Are Coming to a Mall Near You

Not literally, unfortunately. Instead, the movie’s stars will hit the press circuit for a mall tour around America’s finest shopping centers, visiting locations in Los Angeles, Atlanta, Phoenix, Chicago, Miami, Dallas, Minneapolis and Seattle over the first week in March. It’ll mostly be the bit players who get the chance to be screamed at by thousands of 6th graders and their moms, but main stars Jennifer Lawrence and Liam Hemsworth will also be available for some dates. As for the adults like Elizabeth Banks and Woody Harrelson, well, ha ha, like hell if they were going to drag themselves through middle America for anything less than an Oscar nomination. If you’re interested, you can RSVP at the movie’s Facebook page. Total number of guests so far? 6,361  and counting over those seven malls. It’s going to be a madhouse! 

I mean, maybe you, the educated blog reader, isn’t interested in such a thing, but if you have a little sibling or cousin, you would actually be the coolest person ever by picking them up to go. It’s even okay if you like the Hunger Games yourself, because they are honestly pretty great and no one would fault you if you read through the three books in a weekend and subsequently spent hours fantasizing over how you’d fare in the Games yourself and how you and Katniss and Peeta and Gale would just be the best of friends forever and ever, yes you would, the adventures you’d have, the places you’d see, the people you’d kill. Memories to last a lifetime.

Anyways, advance tickets for the film’s March 23 release go on sale today through and If nothing else, you can make a killing buying a bulk of them and jacking up the price for Adderalled tweenagers who don’t have anything better to spend their money on. Their brains will actually melt if they can’t get into that first showing, grey matter and all. It won’t be pretty, so try to cap the mark up at $50 out of fairness.

What to Expect From ‘What to Expect When You’re Expecting’

New Year’s Eve comes out today, which means it’s time to look at the next ensemble comedy featuring so many stars that you’ll be convinced that someone hit you on the head with a skillet. In fact, it’s probably best to watch the trailer for What to Expect When You’re Expecting after slamming your head repeatedly against a wall or on your desk, because this one is a doozy.

This has it all, doesn’t it? Crying pregnant ladies! Cameron Diaz with a mysterious accent! The phrase "dude’s group"! Cool dads! Shirtless dads! And, unfortunately, not a lot of laughs! But maybe there will be some gems not seen in the trailer. I’m betting there are some hilarious poop jokes, and I’m definitely hoping a baby pees in Chase Crawford’s mouth.

I guess if you’re the kind of person who laughs at babies falling down and have exhausted your YouTube searches, then Crazy Comedy About Having Kids Starring Everyone You’ve Ever Heard of (and a Few More You Haven’t) is right up your alley. Let’s hope this Hollywood adaptation of the book ushers in a slew of other popular movies based on self-help tomes. Fingers crossed for Penny Marshall’s Chicken Soup for the Soul in 2013! 

Banks, Deschanel, Jones, Mortimer Join ‘My Idiot Brother’

Breaking hot actresses news! Elizabeth Banks, Zooey Deschanel, Rashida Jones, and Emily Mortimer have signed on to the latest Paul Rudd comedy, ‘My Idiot Brother.’ Yup, that’s right, all in the same movie. I’ve checked the legal codes on this issue and, don’t worry, this much on screen hotness does fall within the existing statutes. As long as the filmmakers file their “yeah, we know this is a little ridiculous” form, everything should be good to go. Wait, what’s that? Zooey Deschanel is dating Rashida Jones in this film? They’ll probably make out at some point? Gaahhhh.

Banks, Deschanel, and Mortimer are playing Rudd’s sisters, so we’re unfortunately not going to get any steamy romance there, but the film still looks, er, promising. Rudd plays an idealist trying to deal with his overbearing mother. He crashes with his three sisters and brings joy and chaos to their lives. Here’s the character synopsis from THR:

Banks is a career-driven single about to get her big break in journalism after spending years writing about accessories at a fashion magazine; Deschanel is a bisexual whose flakiness and lies are getting in the way of moving forward with her caring, responsible girlfriend (Jones); and Mortimer plays a Park Slope mom too worried about having the perfect life and children to notice that her marriage is falling apart.

There’s no trailer yet, but count me in. Other filmmakers, this is how you get people into theaters: stock your movie with every hipster heartthrob around and (fingers crossed) write some decent roles for them.

Jesse Eisenberg Abandons ‘Ceremony’ for David Fincher?

Jesse Eisenberg has a couple of days left before he becomes a real life movie star, because his new movie Zombieland, with its epic cameo, is about to become a hit. When I spoke to Eisenberg in August for a profile in our October issue, he was stressing about how hard it is to land roles, despite the fact that he’s already appeared in critical successes like Roger Dodger, The Squid and the Whale, and Adventureland. He had a few movies “in the money raising stages,” but there was one role in particular he was excited about called Ceremony, about a young man (Eisenberg) who falls in love with an older woman (played by Elizabeth Banks) whose wedding he tried to stop. But today the trades are reporting the film has been recast with Michael Angarano, who was initially set to play Eisenberg’s best friend, now taking the lead.

Back in August, Eisenberg had this to say about Ceremony: “It’s a really good movie, a dark comedy. The director liked The Squid and the Whale. I think that’s why he cast me in it, actually. He would like to achieve a similar tone, you know, without being derivative. But, I guess because I’m articulate or something and maybe not a lot of actors are articulate. It’s with Elizabeth Banks. Do you know her? I go to break up her wedding.” Not anymore. Banks has also been replaced by the more Amazonian Uma Thurman. What’s going on here? Oh, right, The Social Network and David Fincher happened. Earlier this month Eisenberg was cast as Facebook creator Mark Zuckerberg in David Fincher’s adaptation of Accidental Billionaires, which is set to begin shooting in October, the same month Ceremony is scheduled to start, once again proving the old Hollywood adage — you drop everything you believe in for a chance to work with David Fincher.