5 Celebrity Babies Whose Arrival We’re Desperately Awaiting

Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake giggle into each others eyes. Photo: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

With news of Jessica Biel getting knocked up by Justin Timberlake, we couldn’t help but wonder if there is something brewing in the waters of Hollywood. First Blake Lively gracefully announces that she’s expecting, and now this! If Brad and Angie announced their pregnancy tomorrow we wouldn’t be shocked. In consideration of Tinsel Town’s baby boom we’ve put together a list of the babies we’re most excited to meet and why.

1. Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake: When news was confirmed yesterday regarding the pregnancy of actress Jessica Biel with man of many talents Justin Timberlake, who couldn’t help but shed a little baby tear? Her breathtaking looks and his unquestionable talent will ensure this baby a record deal and maybe even a series during primetime. Give this baby Jessica’s lips, Justin’s vocals, and call it the second coming of Christ.The Metropolitan Museum of Art's Costume Institute Benefit celebrating SCHIAPARELLI and PRADA : Impossible Conversations - ArrivalsPhoto: Joe Schildhorn/BFAnyc.com

2. Zoe Saldana and Marco Perego: If this baby pops out with a blue tint to it, don’t be alarmed, the mama is an Avatar after all. Actress Zoe Saldana is expecting with her husband Marco Perego. The pair will certainly make a baby worthy of the children’s Ralph Lauren catalogue. HAMMER MUSEUM'S 12th Annual Gala in the Garden with Generous Support from Bottega VenetaPhoto: Billy Farrell/BFAnyc.com

3. Kourtney Kardashian and Scott Disick: We honestly can’t remember the last time Kourtney Kardashian wasn’t pregnant. As history will show, she and longtime on-off again boyfriend/housemate/sperm donor Scott Disick make some adorable babies. Thee birth will likely have a two-part special on E! and we will be watching to see if this third child stacks up to Mason and Penelope. BABY BUGGY Summer Dinner Sponsored by GIORGIO ARMANIPhoto: Carly Erickson/BFAnyc.com

4. Alicia Keys and Swizz Beatz: Forget Blue Ivy, this child is going to have some serious musical talents. This babe is on fire! GLOBAL CITIZEN FESTIVAL 2014Photo: Benjamin Lozovsky/BFAnyc.com

5. Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds: Making this list and not including Blake and Ryan is like asking Rihanna to not show her nipples. It just won’t work. Blake is shaping up to be one of the most glowing pregnant gals of all time. The day Blake posts photos of her newborn on Preserve is the day the site crashes.

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Bradley Cooper Flick Marks First Big Sundance Sale

CBS has slapped down $2 million to win the bidding war that started this morning at 4am for the flick The Words starring Bradley Cooper, marking the first big sale at this year’s Sundance. A far cry from The Hangover, the plot centers around literary intrigue and actually sounds pretty good.

According to the Hollywood Reporter, Cooper plays an author who makes it big when he plagiarizes a manuscript he and his wife Dora, played by Zoë Saldana, buy at a Parisian antique store. The stories original author, played by Jeremy Irons, finds out and the plot evolves from there.

It should be out next fall, but the bidding war is already giving it buzz as well as rumors that Cooper, who is tied to any actress within a 5 foot radius to him, and Saldana are dating.  The film screens as the festival’s closing-night premiere on Jan. 28 and Page Six, amongst other gossip rags, are already speculating that the couple will make their first public debut. 

Kim Kardashian Is Actually A Really Nice Person And Served Thanksgiving To The Homeless This Year

Kim Kardashian – she of the butt and the marriage – served Thanksgiving dinner to the homeless community at the Los Angeles Mission on Wednesday night because she is a nice person and not the cartoon we all make her out to be the other 99% of the time. There, are you happy (Kim’s publicist)? 

The 31 year-old reality star was joined by Avatar actress Zoe Saldana. Saldana recently broke up with her boyfriend of 11 years; which is a whole 58 times longer than the 72 days Kim was married to Human Alpaca and Giant Taylor Lautner Impersonator Kris Humphries. Oh yeah, dude also plays basketball and is really, really good at it (audio NSFW) in case anyone has forgotten. 

America has painted Kim Kardashian – heck, any Kardashian, really – in a bad light recently. Well, maybe it’s time to put away the anger and ask ourselves: maybe it’s us that we hate. Maybe we are the ones who hate ourselves for spending so much money and thus getting ourselves into a very public situation over fundamentally whether it is realistic anymore to assume that everyone can achieve the American dream. Kind of like spending $20m on a wedding and getting a very public divorce after only 72 days, but not exactly. 

It might be far fetched, but think about it. Kim, Zoe, or eithers’ publicist, thank you for going out of your way to help the homeless this Thanksgiving. That was awesome of you. Maybe more of us should be doing selfless acts of kindness like that instead of arguing about who gets to sleep in Zucotti Park. 

FashionFeed: Gisele Under Fire, More Kanye West Fashion Show Details

● The Brazilian government is mad at supermodel Gisele Bündchen’s new tongue-in-cheek lingerie ad, which they’re calling “sexist.” [Vogue UK] ● The hunt for Kanye West PFW show details continues. Not only have the official hard-copy invites been sent out, but we now know that the collection will include lots of zippers. [The Cut] ● Wait, there’s more! The front row for Mr. West’s debut womenswear show is expected to include everyone from the Olsen twins, Naomi Campbell, and Beyonce, to designers Riccardi Tisci, Alexander Wang, and Olivier Theyskens. We’re curious to see if any bloggers get invited [WWD]

● Zoe Saldana will host Gen Art’s legendary Fresh Faces in Fashion show in LA on October 22. Peep the designer roster and grab your tickets before it’s too late. [Gen Art] ● Behold designer Delfina Delettrez’s curious collection of hair-inspired jewelry. [Fashionologie] ● Would fashion care about Zombie Boy if he didn’t have all those tattoos? [Styleite] ● Ugh. Forever 21 has knocked off yet another designer, and this time it’s one of our favorite jewelry lines, Made Her Think. [The Cut]

Links: Lindsay Lohan Accused of Fraud, ‘Jersey Shore’ Season 2 Trailer Finally Arrives

● What if we imposed a Lindsay Lohan media blackout day once a week? Not only so the internet wouldn’t be inundated with such depressing and vapid news, but also so she could catch a break from getting sued. [TMZ] ● Lindsay blackout day can’t be today, though, because in addition to her fraud charges, one time a cop confused her cocaine for a breath mint. [TMZ] ● Though they’ve been banned from schools across the nation, adults have started to wear Silly Bandz. Kids can’t handle the power. [NYT]

● “We’re ready to come out and destroy this place,” says Snooki in the Jersey Shore season 2 trailer. Take cover. [Celebuzz] ● Christina Hendricks thinks Jessica Alba’s body might top her own. Everyone everywhere declares a tie. [HuffPo] ● Avatar’s Zoe Saldana is engaged to her low-key boyfriend, who will never hear the end of jokes about blue private parts. [People]

Oscar Fashion: Shiny But Dull

There was no shortage of sparkle at the Oscars last night. Seemingly every major actress got the same memo: bling is back. That, or mimic the red carpet and don floor length scarlet frocks. From Carrie Mulligan’s over-sized diamond earrings and sparkly black Prada number, to Zoe Saldana’s crystal-encrusted bodice (which topped off an abundance of pouf) and Sandy Bullock’s sheer and crystal combo, there was nary a non-sparkly dress in the joint. Some of the shine was brought on by way of borderline too much metallic (ahem, Julianne Moore). Even the nameless gowned ladies handing over Oscars followed suit.

But perhaps vying for worst, highly-reflective dress of the night was Sarah Jessica Parker’s an ivory silk Chanel haute couture dress. Her diamond encrusted bodice would have been better served as a table arrangement. The ladies in red, on the other hand, included Penelope Cruz, Sigourny Weaver, George Clooney’s date Elisabetta Canalis, Michelle Pfeiffer and Vera Farmiga among others.

Overall, choices at last night’s event were irritatingly homogenous. Dresses on the whole seemed to wear the wearers as opposed to the other way around. Jennifer Lopez, for one, looked as though she’d been attacked by a roll of bubble wrap from the waist down. Charlize Theron’s purple Dior dress, which had large rosettes over each breast, felt a bit bizarre for the occassion. One takeaway from the night: Robert Downey Jr.’s over-sized teal bow with thick-rimmed glasses whose lenses were tinted the same shade. RDJ nailed what too many attendees’ outfits overlooked: a sense of humor.

The Supporting Actress Category: Oscar’s Token Race Card

When Sunday rolls around, you’ll likely find yourself face-down in a tray of seven layer dip, sangria pooling across the linoleum, with unattended Oscar Bingo cards being used to wipe up that mess. That’s because three hours these days is two hours too many for us to idly sit through any kind of Hollywood reach-around. But I’m not here to talk about coping mechanisms! I’m here to talk some more about the race card! It’s not a secret that the Academy Awards have a problem recognizing performers of color–but one can’t think the way they front-loaded the Supporting Actress category this year is their version of Affirmative Action: A too-late stab at course correction for a recent history of tokens in the Best Actress category. We should narrow our scope to Hollywood’s women, because it’s also no secret that the quality of roles for women generally suck more and further to nominees of the aughts because it’s the first era in our collective consciousness where we’ve become uncomfortably obsessed with political correctness (see Crash‘s unlikely upset.)

It’s not a lamentable trend that the Oscars are finally getting around to recognizing the work of actresses of color. This year, Penélope Cruz becomes something of an Oscar fixture, enjoying a nomination for her work in Nine, which compliments victories in the past: A 2008 win for Best Supporting Actress for her work in Vicky Christina Barcelona and a nomination as Best Actress for her work in Volver.

However, along with this good comes a new tide of bad: There are hints of a more unfortunate pattern emerging. Performers of color getting rewarded for pandering to stereotypical expectations. While their performances tend to blow you away, the material is often predictable.

This year’s most prominent example: While there’s no arguing Mo’Nique’s portrayal as Mary Jones in Precious was brilliantly terrifying, there’s also the fact that it’s the type of role that panders to the binary taste of the Academy: In the film, Jones is one-dimensional. She’s evil. In 2006, Jennifer Hudson won the award for essentially essaying a sassy underdog in Dreamgirls, but she was nominated alongside Adriana Barraza who played a beleaguered nanny threatened with deportation and Rinko Kikuchi who played a deaf-and-mute coquette–both in Babel. In 2003, the fantastic Shohreh Aghdashloo earned a nomination for a turn as a tragic, subservient Iranian housewife–a simplistic role she elevated to poetry.

All deserve every last accolade heaped on them. But ultimately, their performances become part of how the Academy may be creating an underclass for actresses of color: Where they are now legitimately expected to play stereotypes, with no one being held accountable for such negative progress.

A curious wrinkle this year: A Supporting Actress race this year that doesn’t include Avatar‘s Zoe Saldana. It’s a paradoxical role because while totally playing to racist stereotypes, it also calls for Saldana’s character to emerge as the film’s ultimate hero–in such a way that it almost emasculates Sam Worthington’s character in the last act of the film. More importantly, if you’re going to give Avatar the honor of a Best Picture nomination, you’ve got to recognize one of its principal players. And Saldana pulled off a miracle given such a soppy script.

But on the upside–and yes, there’s one!–there is some major progress happening across the Best Actress categories, albeit at a slow pace. As mentioned Cruz’s work for Volver earned a nomination in that category. As did Catalina Sandino Moreno’s turn as an unlikely drug mule in Maria Full of Grace. Most confounding though is Gabourey Sidibe’s nomination. Precious Jones is quite possibly one of the worst-written characters to emerge this past Oscar season. That said, Sidibe infuses such humanity, humility, and nuance into that character that it’s possible to get past the cliché and color and ruminate on the suffocating agony of the character itself.

It becomes clear then who should vault over Meryl Streep, Sandra Bullock, Carey Mulligan, and Hellen Mirren to collect the Best Actress prize.

Was ‘Avatar”s Zoe Saldana Snubbed By the Oscars?

Well, James Cameron thinks so at least. Sure most of us would agree that if honors were being handed out for Avatar‘s acting, then obviously Michelle Rodriguez’s five-line cameo deserves to be the front-runner. But Cameron’s likely pleading his case with thesp Zoe Saldana in mind, arguing that despite being made up, Photoshopped, and CGI’ed, Saldana’s ability to remind all of us that inside our organs, there lies something squishier–feelings!–should’ve earned her a Best Supporting Actress nomination.

Cameron tells the New York Daily News, “People confuse what we have done with animation. It’s nothing like animation. The creator here is the actor, not the unseen hand of an animator.” (Slate wondered, pointedly, yesterday, “How is Avatar not an animated film?”) It sort of sounds like Cameron’s saying the audience couldn’t separate actual actors from animated characters, rather than thinking maybe the acting wasn’t exactly Avatar‘s strength.

At the same time, Cameron’s staying realistic about Avatar taking home any of the nine prizes it’s nominated for. “If we get nominated, I believe it’s very unlikely that we will win because I made such a jackass of myself last time. Although there might be some curiosity about what I might do,” he says. Last time, you’ll recall, there was talk about being the king of the world and the world was like, “Wrap it up, Jimmy, these quaaludes are starting to kick in.”

But here’s another possibility: Maybe Avatar is getting some version of the Lord of the Rings treatment–that is, upon getting wind that this could become the first big franchise of this decade, the Academy has decided to hold off on acting prizes. But that’s still inconsistent with the film’s possibly undeserved Best Picture nomination. LOTR didn’t enjoy that until after the series had wrapped with The Return of the King. Awards or not, Avatar–Cameron’s labor of love for nearly 15 years–is getting one thing that many Oscar nominees, post-telecast, will fail to enjoy: Major box office $ucce$$.