Katy Perry, Kristen Stewart: Seen & Heard at Coachella Weekend 2

Contrary to popular belief, the second weekend of Coachella was not a ghost town. In fact, famous faces turned up in droves to take in the music fest’s final bow and were treated to steadier weather than the first weekend. Speaking of the heat, the desert was scorching with scantily clad celebrities attempting to stay well-ventilated in 100-degree weather. From Emma Roberts in a bikini to Kristen Stewart in microscopic cut-offs to a shirtless Joe Mangianello—if you thought Coachella style was naked before, brace yourself. 

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There certainly wasn’t a drought in star couples this weekend, as dynamic duos like Zoe Kravitz and Penn Badgley and Stewart and Robert Pattinson hit the scene without a bodyguard in sight. And while their love was well-documented by the bevy of photogs in the house, there’s no denying that the buzziest of buzz sightings was Katy Perry frolicking from show to show, hand in hand with her new fling (and Ryan Gosling doppelgänger), Robert Ackroyd. The pop star and Florence + the Machine guitarist were heavy on the PDA, proving that Perry has very much moved on from both her former husband Russell Brand and her Chanel boy toy from Paris Fashion Week, model Baptiste Giabiconi. 

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There’s more: former BlackBook cover star Alexander Skarsgård swung by the SKYY Infusions Coconut Escape Pool Party in a simple black tee and jeans, Rosie Huntington-Whitely graced the fest grounds in a white J Brand shirt, nude bikini top, and Christopher Kane denim shorts. Even Melanie Griffith make an appearance this weekend, pairing a black tee with floral trousers and cat-eye sunnies while smoking cigarettes and downing beer. Rock on.

Photos: Popsugar, Hollywood Life, Red Carpet Fashion, Daily Mirror

Morning Links: Drake’s Dream Role, Kim Kardashian Breaks Character

● "I hope somebody makes a movie about Obama’s life soon because I could play him," says Drake, who was, as you might recall, a child actor up in Canada. He’s even been preparing: "I watch all the addresses. Any time I see him on TV, I don’t change the channel. I definitely pay attention and listen to the inflections of his voice. If you ask anyone who knows me, I’m pretty good at impression." [RS]

● Steve-O is being sued by a woman who claims to have broken "practically every bone in her lower body" while singing karaoke on his upcoming show, Killer Karaoke. She apparently hadn’t heard about the Jackass‘s old job. [TMZ]

● Good guy gone jokester, George Clooney admitted on Inside the Actors Studio that he is working on a prank so terrible it could end his pal Brad Pitt’s career. [ExtraTV]

● Lady Gaga’s boyfriend just wants her to be normal. [InTouch]

● Kim Kardashian has signed on for a reoccuring role on Lifetime’s scripted show, Drop Dead Diva, on which, with much coaching, she’ll break character long enough to play someone named Nikki. [THR]]

● Matthew Broderick is back as Ferris Bueller in this ten second commercial for a Superbowl commercial. [Laughing Squid]

● Forever a man of the people and a child of the revolution, Penn Badgley wore an Occupy Wall Street shirt to Mayor Bloomberg’s press confrence celebrating the 100th episode of Gossip Girl. [Capital]

Morning Links: Demi Moore Still Wearing Her Wedding Ring, Johnny Depp to Play Dr. Suess

● Woody Allen’s dream leading lady? First Lady Michelle Obama. “If I was in a room with Michelle Obama, and I thought she was right for a part, I wouldn’t hesitate to ask her,” he says. [USA Today] ● The women of Parks and Recreation made a video of themselves eating Pop Rocks sent to them by Tavi Gevinson, because “P.S. Candy is delicious, and it will always be delicious.” [Rookie] ● Good news for all those who still believe in “’til death do us part.” Demi Moore is still wearing her wedding ring. [Huff Post]

● Johnny Depp is producing and potentially starring in an upcoming live-action feature film about Dr. Suess. [THR] ● This 18-month-old baby who thinks Brad Pitt is “cute” ain’t so bad herself. Awww. [Perezitos] ● Leveraging his Gossip Girl power for good, Lonely Boy Penn Badgley has been spotted more than once at Occupy Wall Street protests. “I mean, listen, it’s cheesy,” he says. “But I want to do whatever I can. Let’s be honest: I’m on f**king Gossip Girl…” [CapitalNY] ● Turtleneck sales have reportedly skyrocketed since word of Steve Jobs’ death broke. [TMZ]

Spider-Man’s Reeve Carney Cast as Jeff Buckley in One of Three Upcoming Biopics

Two years ago – almost a decade in Hollywood years – James Franco and Robert Pattinson were top contenders for the role of Jeff Buckley in the then-sole Buckley production in the works. But fast-forward to 2011, and there are now three upcoming Buckley biopics, and no mention of Franco or R-Patz. This week, it was confirmed that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark actor Reeve Carney will star in director Jake Scott’s version, while Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley was recently cast in Greetings From Tim Buckley.

Though the Reeve Carney and Penn Badgley productions have been well publicized, Gothamist argues that the third project will at least provide, you know, variety.

Reeve Carney will appear in what seems to be the biggest production of the three, with Jake Scott (Ridley’s son) directing and Buckley’s mom, Mary Guibert, officially signed on as a producer. The film is currently untitled, but the crew has secured rights to Buckley’s music catalog, which means that, yes, “Hallelujah” will definitely be featured. Despite possible Spider Man conflicts, it’s slated to begin filming between Memphis and New York this November.

Greetings From Tim Buckley, starring Penn Badgley, may be the first Buckley biopic to hit the big screen, since they’ve already got a title and will begin filming in Brooklyn before the end of August. This version will highlight Buckley’s relationship with his singer-songwriter father, Tim Buckley, who overdosed in 1975.

Finally, there’s A Pure Drop, which was written by Train Houston. Houston says that her previous Buckley biopic ideas actually inspired Buckley’s mom to make a film about her son. Brendan Fletcher will direct this one, which will spotlight the late musician’s personality, especially the “fun-loving” “loopy” and “goofy aspects” of it.

The best things come in threes, right?

Morning Links: Zooey Deschanel Lashes Back at LA Times, Penn Badgley Wants to Record an Album

● Zooey Deschanel got all sensitive on her Tumblr after LA Times writer Patt Morrison suggested in an opinion piece that Zooey Deschanel was a “snobby cow” who was too good for Downtown LA. [HelloGiggles] ● According to legal documents filed by Mathew Knowles, Beyoncé was falsely led to believe that her father was siphoning money from her when she fired him. Mathew maintains that he didn’t steal anything and also that, Beyoncé, I am your father. [TMZ] ● When Colin Hanks said “Essentially, what we were doing is using the technology of this era to celebrate an older era,” he meant he was excited to be using Twitter and Kickstarter to make his nostalgic movie about Tower Records, but it kind of sounds like he’s just talking about making a movie with Instagram. [HuffPost]

● According to a new custody settlement, Charlie Sheen and Brooke Mueller are just going to pass on the mandatory drug testing from now on, as it’s been an obvious problem for the both of them. [TMZ] ● “A lot of women don’t know how to love because there’s deep reasons for them not knowing how to love,” said Lil Wayne in regards to his mushy summer hit “How To Love.” “A lot of people don’t open up that can and I figured that I can open up that can of worms and see what happens.” The Tao of Wayne. [MTV] ● Penn Badgley says he can play an instrument and plans to record an album. Of course you do, Lonely Boy. [PageSix]

New York Itinerary: Gossip Girl’s Penn Badgley

As Dan Humphrey, Gossip Girl’s loveable leading man, Penn Badgley traipses through New York with a coterie of privileged prep-school coeds. But when the cameras aren’t rolling, the laid-back actor, star of this month’s thriller The Stepfather, prefers tacos and street trucks to STK.

“It’s fucking weird,” says actor Penn Badgley of the frenzy his hit television series Gossip Girl has brought to Manhattan, inspiring gaggles of schoolgirls to camp out on set and city tours of locations frequented by the show’s fictional Manhattan scenesters. “I’ll be the first to admit that New York is one of the greatest cities in the world,” he says. “But what you see on screen is not the life we really lead.” Still, there are parallels: Badgley dates Blake Lively, who plays his on-screen love interest, Serena; he’s regularly terrorized by camera-wielding tweens with Twitter access; and Penn also enjoys the perks of celebrity. “When people lament fame,” he says, “it’s like boo-fucking-hoo. It’s amazing to have so many privileges.” Even with the imminent release of two big-screen projects—this month’s psychological thriller The Stepfather, opposite Dylan Walsh and Amber Heard, and the high school comedy Easy A—Badgley keeps his rising star in check. “People take themselves so seriously in this city and this industry,” he says, “But success is a slippery fish—you can’t hold onto it.”

image House of Oldies 35 Carmine Street This must be the last place in the country, if not the world, that only sells records. There’s a lot of ego at most places that sell good vinyl, but the guy here is really nice—he’s just an old dude who wants people to have a great record collection. I love music, soul specifically, and the way that jazz lends itself to soul and the way soul lends itself to hip-hop. You can find soul in any genre. I just started listening to Grizzly Bear’s Veckatimest and—as indie as they are—even they are inspired by soul.

image Mud Truck Astor Place I take my coffee black. Every once in a while, I’ll have a soy latte, which I’ve gotten inexplicably hooked on. I like getting my coffee from a truck because, when filming on set, that’s what I’ve become used to. Not that I’m obsessed with food trucks. Indian cuisine is my favorite kind of food, but I couldn’t really see myself being drawn to an Indian street truck.

La Esquina 114 Kenmare Street Hanging out in front of the taco stand here is like taking a tiny step back in time. I love the idea of taco stands, especially ones with really great food. I wouldn’t say I’m just into the stand, though; the restaurant and the bar are really good as well. Maybe it has something to do with the tequila, which is my drink of choice: añejo, straight.

image Shake Shack Madison Square Park It’s amazing to shoot Gossip Girl in New York City. I think it instills in those of us living here a certain authenticity. I really love Madison Square Park. It’s relaxing and private. The great thing about Shake Shack is that it’s in the park—maybe it’s the other way around, actually. I usually order a double-cheeseburger with fries, which I’m not so happy about on days like today, when I want to go to the gym.

image Nur Khan’s Rose Bar at the Gramercy Park Hotel 2 Lexington Avenue We were here with the Gossip Girl cast last night for Blake’s last-minute birthday party. We shot our pilot here while living in the hotel, so it’s like our base. When we feel like going out and getting rowdy, being who we are in New York City, it’s fun to indulge in VIP treatment. Normally, that’s not important to me, but in this world, it’s kind of great. Whenever I see red velvet I think of these rooms. Likewise, whenever I smell bourbon I think of Rose Bar’s Manhattans. They have the best Manhattans.

Photography by Adam Fedderly Styling by Elle Werlin Grey Shirt by Yigal Azrouel. Tan Jeans by Bally. Patterned Scarf by Dolce & Gabbana. Shirt and Cardigan by Robert Geller. Jeans by Prada. Boots by Z Zegna.