Britney Spears turns 32 today! The singer has brought plenty of hotness since hitting the scene in 1999, including endless amounts of ab-baring ensembles and multiple envelope-pushing dance moves. Britney's role as an X Factor judge and mentor had her hitting the stage in a different way, and with her new album Britney Jean dropping on Dec. 3, her star presence and sex appeal are as hot as ever. We're celebrating Britney's big day with a look back at her steamiest stage moments, from sexy schoolgirl to circus ringleader to full-blown femme fatale. Click through to see them all now!
We're kicking off our best of 2013 coverage this month and we want you to weigh in. It was a big year in babies with many celebrities welcoming little ones for the first time. Kate Middleton giving birth to Prince George may have snagged the global spotlight, but plenty of other stars — including Kim Kardashian, Malin Akerman, and Jenna Dewan — joined the mom club over the last 12 months. So tell us — who is your favorite new celebrity mother?
George Clooney is the camouflaged cover star for W magazine's art issue. He worked with five different female artists for the publication, and when he wasn't sitting in a spotted Armani suit, he chatted with Lynn Hirschberg about his personal life. George, who split with his latest long-term girlfriend, Stacy Keibler, earlier this year, admitted this about the great love of his life: "I haven't met her yet." In a departure from his usual leading ladies, George revealed that as a kid, he "was in love with Audrey Hepburn" and "thought she was as elegant as anything I'd ever seen. And I fell madly in love with her. I also always loved Grace Kelly. I mean, when she comes out of the water in To Catch a Thief, I thought, 'That's the most beautiful woman I've ever seen.'"
George also opened up to artist Tracey Emin, sharing his definition of home and joking about his role as Batman in 1997's Batman & Robin. "Home is where my friends and family are. . . . I spend eight months a year in a one-bedroom hotel room in a city I probably wouldn't vacation in . . . but no city . . . no space . . . fails to be a home if your family or friends can find a time to visit. . . . I get desperately, depressingly homesick if I can't find a way to be near the people that bring joy wherever they go . . . spend a night with my parents battling over who was the rottenest child (my sister or me) . . . or my friends pointing out how badly I destroyed a certain bat franchise. . . . Home is humor . . . and love and responsibility . . . and I get homesick when the people who know that best and I can't find the time to be together."
There are some things that only true, dedicated Britney Spears fans will understand, and in honor of her 32nd birthday today, we're celebrating with a look back at 15 years of Britney fandom. Her career spans decades, moving from plaid and pigtails to sequined bodysuits to the fierce look she has today — and if you're anything like us, you've covered all those style bases with your Halloween costumes over the years. From the schoolgirl era to the VMAs stage to her latest TV gig, Britney's proven time and time again why she's a pop icon. And with her new stint in Sin City, she's joining the ranks of other music legends like Celine Dion and Elton John. For those of us who have loved her from the beginning, let's take a trip down memory lane with the journey of being a Britney fan — in GIFs.
Britney's dance moves first caught our attention on The Mickey Mouse Club in the early '90s.
Then, in 1998, she released "(Hit Me) Baby One More Time," and we started wearing plaid skirts and pigtails, because obviously.
We weren't the only ones — everyone wanted to be Britney.
Read on for more Britney fandom moments and amazing GIFs.
Joe Jonas gets incredibly honest about his time in the Disney machine in a new story with Vulture. The former Jonas Brothers star opens up about his relationships with famous women, including Demi Lovato and Ashley Greene, his experiments with drugs, and his struggles with his brothers leading up to the Jonas Brothers breaking up earlier this year. Read on for the most revealing and honest selections from Joe's interview.
- On dating Demi Lovato: "I really got to know her and got to see the ins and outs of what she was struggling with, like drug abuse. I felt like I needed to take care of her, but at the same time I was living a lie, because I wasn't happy but felt like I had to stay in it for her, because she needed help. I couldn't express any of that, of course, because I had a brand to protect."
- His firsthand experience of Demi's 2010 breakdown in South America: "Things kept building up, and Demi ended up punching a girl in the face on a plane, because she thought the girl was blaming her for something. Everybody gasped, and the girl just started bleeding. That's when her team and her family told her, 'You need to go into rehab.' I remember being in South America, and fans immediately jumped to the conclusion that we kicked her off the 2010 tour, and they just hated on us for it."
- On his date with a fan: "I remember I invited a fan to a movie, and we just made out the entire time. I don't even remember what the movie was about. I must have been 16 or so. Afterward, I was kind of freaking out, because I thought she'd go public and the whole world would find out. Luckily, she never did, I think because she assumed there'd be another meet-up down the road."
- On those infamous promise rings: "We explained that we had made these promises to ourselves when we were younger. A few months later, it comes out that we're in some cult and that we're these little staged Mickey Mouse kids. People were coming up to us, saying, 'Thank you so much, I'm waiting because you guys are, too!' And we just thought, No! That's not what we're about."
Can't a girl just get some alone time? Mia Wasikowska stars in Tracks, the true story of Robyn Davidson, a girl who sets out to walk 2,000 miles through the Australian desert because — get this — why not? Along the way, she encounters various creatures and people, including (but not limited to) snakes and a National Geographic photographer (Girls' Adam Driver). Think Into the Wild, but with Wasikowska instead of Emile Hirsch and the outback instead of the Alaskan wilderness.
This trailer is gorgeous. The landscape is beautiful and perfectly complemented by M83's "Outro." Could there be a better song for such a haunting story? Wasikowska seems like the ideal young actress to pull off this role, and hey, how could you not want to see Driver in anything and everything? The movie doesn't yet have an official release date, but you can (and should) watch the trailer below the jump.
Paul Walker died last weekend in a tragic car accident, and we're still reeling from the devastating news. Walker has been a favorite of ours since he appeared alongside Reese Witherspoon in 1998's Pleasantville. A solid actor with all-American looks and a big heart, Walker will always hold a special place in our hearts. He could melt you with his smile and could even make you fall for him when he was playing the bad guy. In the wake of his heartbreaking passing, let's remember what makes it impossible to forget Walker.
I saw Pleasantville in theaters, and even in black and white, Walker was irresistible. Skip Martin had me from the first time he flashed that million-watt smile at Jennifer/Mary Sue (Witherspoon) from his convertible, and I've never forgotten about the moment she decides that hanging out in the '50s with Skip might not be so bad after all.
Varsity Blues (1999)
James Van Der Beek may have been billed as the star of Varsity Blues, but it's Walker's endearing performance that I'll remember. In the sports film, he shined as injured quarterback Lance Harbor, a guy who has great talent on the field and an even greater admiration for his brothers and teammates.
For more about Paul's unforgettable roles, just keep reading.
Bradley Cooper was sans perm for a screening of his '70s-era drama American Hustle in LA on Saturday. The actor was joined by the film's director, David O. Russell, as well as costars Amy Adams and Elisabeth Rohm — but it was Bradley's mother, Gloria Campano, that may have been his loveliest date of the night. This isn't the first time we've seen Bradley out on the town with his mom, as she accompanied her famous son at the Oscars in February, and Bradley also revealed earlier this year that he and Gloria moved in together after the death of his father in 2011.
Bradley is back on the West Coast after mixing work and play in Hawaii. He recently filmed romantic beach scenes with Rachel McAdams for their still-untitled Cameron Crowe project before hitting the sand for some shirtless fun with John Krasinski and a pregnant, bikini-clad Emily Blunt. We'll likely see more of Bradley on the red carpet when he reunites with Amy, Christian Bale, and Jennifer Lawrence to promote American Hustle before its Dec. 18. release.
Fast and Furious star Paul Walker died this afternoon in a car accident in Santa Clarita, CA. He was 40 years old.
A message posted to the actor's official Facebook page confirmed the sad news this evening. The statement, signed by #TeamPW, began: "It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives." Reports on the ownership of the vehicle have varied: TMZ earlier reported that the Porsche involved in today's accident belonged to Paul. In their Facebook message, Paul's team also thanked fans for keeping the actor's friends and family members in their thoughts, and wrote they were equally "stunned and saddened" by news of the accident.
Following the confirmation of Paul's death, Universal Pictures also released a statement, stating, "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."
Prince William continued his tour of Birmingham, England, with a visit to Motorcycle Live at the National Exhibition Centre on Saturday. He greeted the group of fellow spectators, including a young girl who, understandably, looked downright enchanted by the prince. During the event, William toured the stands and watched a live motorcycle display before posing for photos while sitting on one of the Triumph Daytona models. He was also presented with a mini motorcycle as a gift for his son, Prince George — do you think it'll be under the Christmas tree this year?
Baby George has been racking up the holiday presents lately. Earlier this week, the little prince was bestowed with a herd of animals — four heifers, a bull, and a goat — by a tribe in Kenya. The bunch will be raised in Lewa, where Will and Kate Middleton took a safari in 2010 (it was also during that trip to Kenya that Prince William popped the question to his now-wife). The present is said to be a very significant honor and blessing from the Samburu community, and Will reached out to thank the tribe in a letter, saying, "Thank you all so very much for the extraordinary honor; I could not be more grateful to you all for this kindness." He added, "It brings me great joy to know George's 'pension' will be herded on a land we care deeply for. We hope one day he will be able to see them for himself."