The Best of the Emmys Red Carpet, Feat. Thakoon, Chanel, and a Faux-Bob

As E! kicked off the red carpet judging for Sunday night’s Emmy Awards, stylist George Kotsiopoulos wondered aloud whether the attendees would please the Us Weeklys or the fashion rags more. It turned out there wasn’t much risk-taking – a quiet red carpet to match a quiet Emmys – though there were a few favorites looks stolen straight from the spring runways to better please the fashion crowd.

Possibly the evening’s best-dressed, an actress who wasn’t eligible to be nominated, nor was she presenting, was Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, whose modern, sexy dress was custom made for her by Thakoon Panichgul. Thakoon, whose feminine frocks rarely make red carpet appearances, must spot something special about the actress to have sought her out for this. These red carpets can be the convergence of fashion with entertainment – the starlets taking heed from stylists, or seeking to please the fashion powers that be, forming sartorial relationships for the successful road ahead. For instance, it’s impossible to think of Anne Hathaway on the red carpet without thinking of Valentino – even after her Oscar’s dress switch and burn.

Taylor Schilling in Thakoon

The high ‘90s neckline of Schilling’s white, slit-front, cut out silk crepe number did little to tone down her smokiness, which, matched with her a dark eye, a dark red lip and movie star waves, made quite the impression. After binge-watching Orange is the New Black, and seeing the style Schilling brings to the red carpet, I’m looking forward to seeing more and more of her, on screen and off.

One young gun who stays in fashion’s favor time and again is Mad Men actress Kiernan Shipka, who shone in age appropriate and adorably cheerful Delpozo.


Presenter and How I Met Your Mother actress Cobie Smulders was respectfully understated in a pale pink J. Mendel dress that couldn’t have fit her better.

Worth a mention for her chic faux-bob, Homeland star Carrie – I mean Claire Danes, who tried short hair on for the night thanks to stylist Peter Butler. My vote is for her to cut it, though this sleek look probably wouldn’t work well with her… crazy character.

Claire Danes

Another notable, though for her accessories, was the star of New Girl. If there’s ever an occasion to bust out the planet-sized cocktail jewelry, Zooey Deschanel found it on Sunday’s red carpet with Chanel’s tourmaline ring. Paired with her nail art, it’s not too serious – and given the stone’s color, the look matches both her personality and her aesthetic.

Still can’t stop thinking about Taylor Schilling’s Thakoon, though…

Gallery1988 Melrose Art Show ‘Young Adult’ Salutes Tween Fiction

Considering how many art shows there have been as of late dealing with matters of pop culture and nostalgia, it was pretty much implied that someone would curate a show paying homage to the teen literary classics of yesteryear, from Sweet Valley High to Nancy Drew to Harriet the Spy to Goosebumps. And it makes sense—tween lit has been a source of fantastic inspiration for the young artists and creators of today, from journalists who first got the itch from Harriet’s neighborhood snooping to the fashion bloggers and designers inspired by the aesthetic of Claudia Kishi (eat your heart out, Gaga) to the gawky student filmmakers who first got addicted to gore and horror through R.L. Stine’s creepy characters.

And those curators are Jensen Karp and Katie Cromwell of the pop-culture-centric Gallery1988 Melrose in Los Angeles and the team at HelloGiggles, the culture and lifestyle site fronted by Zooey Deschanel, Molly McAleer and Sophia Roast, whose online community chose the theme for the show. The exhibition, titled "Young Adult," will premiere with a party this Saturday, February 2nd, and stay on display through the 23rd, and feature more than 60 talented female artists working in many mediums. Works—which can be sampled via a gallery at LAist—range from Lauren Gregg’s lovely cartoonish print saluting Harriet the Spy to Kristin Tercek’s colorful HorrorLand tourist to Michelle Coffee’s creepy felted Night of the Living Dummy tribute. No words yet on whether or not this will include a supplementary sartorial tribute to Claudia Kishi, but we can only dream. 

Linkage: Jesse Tyler Ferguson Supports Illinois Same-Sex Marriage, Emmy Rossum Is Just Too Pretty

Bow-tie enthusiast and Modern Family star Jesse Tyler Ferguson stopped by Chicago yesterday to lend his support in the fight for same-sex marriage, the legislation for which may pass in the Illinois General Assembly before the session ends on June 9. Said Ferguson: "A lot of people who were not comfortable with marriage equality … turn on the television and see a show that has a lot of different families in it — and one of those families just happens to be gay. They’re realizing they have a great time watching the show, then they’re watching a gay couple that’s having a lot of the same problems and issues they have. They realize ‘Oh they’re not so different from me.’ And at that point, we’re in their living rooms." [Chicagoist]

South Korean screenwriter Young Il Kim has penned a film titled Rodham about, well, duh. [Politico]

Speaking of questionably titled biopics, jOBS, starring Ashton Kutcher, will close out the Sundance Film Festival and see an April theatrical release. [Deadline New York]

If you were rooting for Lil’ Wayne in your office Worst Tattoo of 2013 pool, it looks like you’re coming out ahead already. [Crushable]

Zooey Deschanel in Glamour: "I want to be a fucking feminist and wear a fucking Peter Pan collar. So fucking what?" Do you, girl! [Jezebel]

EGOT winner Mel Brooks gives some solid advice on how to make all of your creative dreams come true. [Fast Company]

Look, I get that times are tough but if you’re willing to let your boss fart on you then maybe you should just go on unemployment? [The Gloss]

If you expect Kathy Griffin to apologize for trying to perform oral sex on Anderson Cooper during the pair’s annual New Year’s Eve hosting gig, you can, well, suck her dick. [EW]

Emmy Rossum (or, as I like to call her, The Poor Man’s Jennifer Love Hewitt) claims she was almost not even considered for her role in Showtime’s Shameless because she was too pretty. It’s a little early in the year for this, yes? [The Frisky]

"[W]e eagerly await the BuzzFeed post, 10 Reasons We Raised $20M to Write More Things Like “Pretty Japanese Girls React to Drinking Poop Wine.” [Observer]

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Charli XCX, Brooke Candy and… Honey Boo-Boo?

Misery loves company, and sometimes the best company can be found in watching other people go through the same things you have on TV, but in a shiny, overexaggerated sort of way. So what better imagery to accompany a song about a relationship gone sour than images of heartbroken television and movie characters? English singer Charli XCX and rapper Brooke Candy (who you may remember from Grimes’ "Genesis" video) joined forces for XCX’s dark and sublime single "Cloud Aura" and its video, released today. In the black-and-white clip, singer and rapper wander interspersed with clips of recognizable and visibly distraught pop culture figures, including Lauren Conrad of The Hills, Zooey Deschanel, Dianna Agron and Britney Spears, as well as Sissy Spacek in Carrie and Honey Boo Boo, who doesn’t look particularly heartbroken, unless it’s over Glitzy the Pig. Also, Pikachu makes a brief appearance. 

UK filmmaker Ryan Andrews, who typically operates more in the horror realm, directed the clip. Watch. 

Why Do Women Hate Keira Knightley?

It’s a thing, right? I’ve never had strong feelings either way, but I will say that three of her films (Atonement, this year’s Seeking a Friend for the End of the World, and the recent Anna Karenina) have brought joy to my heart. I don’t really hear much from my male friends about it, either; she’s just kinda there, I think. But man, it seems that most women I know really don’t like her. What gives, ladies?

I don’t mean to be a Dude Who Calls Out Women here, but the criticisms I hear about Knightley’s failings here are generally reduced to "she sucks" or "her chin is too big." Yeah, sure, she has a prominent chin. But that’s like saying that Christina Hendricks is a shitty actress because of her tits, no? Isn’t there something deeper here that we can point our fingers at? I mean, compared to other figures who receive well-documented vitriol (Zooey Deschanel or Gwyneth Paltrow, to name just two examples), Keira Knightley hardly does anything annoying. She doesn’t have any lifestyle websites, and she doesn’t make an attempts at a music career. All she has done, really, is been in pretty good movies and done pretty good jobs in all of them. I mean, she did get an Oscar nomination, people. It’s not like everyone is convinced she is horrible.

So please, explain this one to me? Because I’m generally fascinated. (Is it really her chin?)

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Zooey Deschanel to Ruin the Legacy of Loretta Lynn on Broadway

Happy Friday! Just kidding, everything is awful. Let’s just get right into it: Zooey Deschanel is going to star as Loretta Lynn in a Broadway adaptation of Coal Miner’s Daughter. What happens if you stick a blonde wig on a doe-eyed girl who sings like Aaron Neville? I don’t think it’ll be much like Loretta Lynn. 

According to Playbill, Lynn announced the news last night from the stage of the Ryman Auditorium in Nashville—just as she did in 1979 when she told her fans that Sissy Spacek would be playing her in the film based on her life. Spacek won an Oscar for her portrayal of the music legend from her impoverished upbringing in rural Kentucky to her Grand Ole Opry superstardom. The film also starred Tommy Lee Jones and the late Levon Helm

Said the great Ms. Lynn:

It’s a long way from Butcher Holler to Broadway in New York City. I never imagined I’d see Coal Miner’s Daughter on a movie screen, and now I can’t believe it’s going to be on a stage for people to see… I’m going to be right there in the front row. And I know Zooey is going to be great—she sings and writes her own songs just like I do, and we even have the same color eyes!

No disrespect, but let’s not let Loretta Lynn cast herself anymore? She did a good job once, but eye color does not a Loretta Lynn make. Of course, I will be one of the first in line for tickets to see Zooey D. slur and bat her eyes on the Great White Way, as my mantra is, generally, "This milk is spoiled. Here, taste it."

How did my friend and I react to the news this morning? Like adults, obviously:


Meanwhile, I’ll spend the next few months dreading this musical while watching the video below of Sissy Spacek the famous autobiographical song on The Midnight Special:

…and by doing an impression of Sissy’s impression of Loretta. Big ol’ barrrrrrrr a-growlin’:

Nicolas Cage & Jean Dujardin Join Zooey Deschanel on SNL

The uber twee Zooey Deschanel brought her brand of quirkiness to SNL last night with some funny sketches, including one that lampoons her ukelele playing, sing-songy persona.  Nicolas Cage stopped by Weekend Update and Jean Dujardin brought his tap dancing skills.

Cage’s sketch was the best of the night.  He turned up alongside Andy Samberg’s version of himself to explain how cloning will allow him to appear in every film ever released instead of just 90%.  He also promoted his new flick Ghost Rider, which has all the element of a Cage movie: “1) all the dialogue is either whispered or screamed; 2) everything in the movie is on fire.”


Dujardin appeared in the recurring dance sketch Les Jeunes de Paris, which went black and white for The Artist star.


Zooey Deschanl took a jab at herself with Bein’ Quirky, a show where Michael Cera, Mary Kate Olsen and Bjork make an evening of doing quirky thing like pretending to fall off chairs and knitting to hula music.  “This is the part in the show where Mary Kate and I make our eyes real big while Mama Cass plays.”


The cast took on the Super Bowl halftime show and M.I.A.’s finger flip with interviews on Piers Morgan. While Jason Sudeikis and Fred Armisen might not have LMFAO’s crazy interview style down, they definitely rocked the outfits perfectly. Andy Samberg talks genitals as Tightrope Guy.

Morning Links: M.I.A. Flips the Bird, Demi Moore Checks Into Rehab

● M.I.A. won Madonna’s Super Bowl half-time show when she punctuated her "Give Me All Your Lovin’" verse with a middle finger. She really "don’t give a shit." [Rap-Up]

● Should it land in court, Kim Kardashian and Kris Humphries’s divorce trial will likely be televised much like the popular Conrad Murray or O.J. Simpson trials. Nancy Grace is clearing her schedule now. [Huff Post]

● Reports have it that Demi Moore quietly checked into Cirque Lodge in Sundance, Utah this weekend for help with her eating disorder and addiction issues. [Us]

● David Beckham got kicked out of his son Romeo’s soccer game for unsoliceted side-line reffing. [E!]

●"I would argue that the uncomfortable feelings she elicits are simply the by-product of watching a woman wanting and taking like a man," writes Liz Phair of Lana Del Rey in the Wall Street Journal. "You see, Lana Del Rey is exactly what I was hoping to inspire when I took on the male rock establishment almost twenty years ago." [WSJ]

● Katy Perry out of the picture, Russell Brand has set his sights on Zooey Deschanel, the human being who looks the most like Katy Perry. [DailyMail]

Morning Links: Zooey D.’s Rough High School Days, LL Cool J to Host This Year’s Grammys

● "Girls spit in my face, people were so mean to me, I’d cry every day," says Zooey Deschanel of her rough high school days. She is just so "adorkable" now, though, you really can’t imagine, can you? [USA Today]

● For the first time in seven years, the Grammys will have an official host: a two-time Grammy winner himself, LL Cool J. [People]

● Pusha T, Frank Ocean, Big Sean, and Jay Electronica have all signed up to work on Kanye West’s G.O.O.D. compilation, due out, according to the man himself, "SPRING 2012." [Pitchfork]

 ● When Nick Cannon said he was suffering from "mild kidney failure," he really meant his kidneys "pretty much failed," but he didn’t want you to worry or think about Gary Coleman too much. [EW]

● L.A. City Council passed, in a nearly unanimous vote, a new city ruling that requires porn stars to use condoms during shoots. The times, they are a changing! [LAT]

● Jay-99 percent-Z’s Rocawear laid off half of its New York City workers the day before Blue Ivy’s luxury birth. [AnimalNY]