Malcolm Kelley and Tony Oller first met as costars on the Nickelodeon series Gigantic, and it wasn't long before the onscreen best friends struck up a creative collaboration behind the scenes. The pair joined forces to form MKTO, a musical duo blending pop and hip-hop. Their first single, "Thank You," cracked the Billboard Top 40 and made a splash around the world. The pair stopped by POPSUGAR Live! today to perform an acoustic version of the track as they put the finishing touches on their debut album, which is due out on Columbia Records soon.
As bartender/shapeshifter Sam Merlotte, Sam Trammell has been a part of True Blood from the start. With the season-six premiere ahead this weekend, we sat down with the actor at LA's Fig & Olive restaurant, where he filled us in on exactly where the action will pick back up. As previews for the show have suggested, it sounds like the war between humans and vampires will escalate this year, and Sam said we'll learn more about "what they can do and who they are" when it comes to the latter. Sam also talked about staying in shape while shooting a show that frequently requires its cast members to strip down and what it was like having his costar Stephen Moyer as a director. True Blood returns this Sunday night to HBO.
The sight of Paris Hilton’s jewelry covering the surface of a plain, wooden kitchen table was staggering. Diamond bracelets. Bangles. Expensive watches. Cocktail rings. Pearls. This was just some of the stuff the LAPD had recovered when they raided the homes of the teens and 20-somethings we’d later come to know as the Bling Ring. It was 2009, and I was a 25-year-old correspondent for a cable TV network, crouched on the ground in front of police headquarters, scribbling notes as Detective Brett Goodkin shared pictures and descriptions of the loot with me and the three or four dozen other journalists assembled.
It wasn’t surprising to me when, less than five years later, I found myself watching the story unfold again on the big screen in Sofia Coppola’s The Bling Ring. The fascination was already at a fever pitch in the Fall of 2009. The group was eventually linked to break-ins at the homes of Orlando Bloom, Rachel Bilson, and Lindsay Lohan, to name a few. TMZ was posting constant updates, Vanity Fair was investigating a big, splashy story on the crimes, and the teenage burglar bunch was a regular topic of cocktail-party conversation in LA. It was simple to track down the Bling Ring kids via social media in the early stages of the investigation, and — probably to his detriment — key suspect Nick Prugo had a used-car-salesman of an attorney who was a quick and easy source of information. Clearly it was questionable information, but it was something to go on, nonetheless. Detective Goodkin was talkative and quick to pick up the phone. In fact, his open-book approach has him in hot water these days; he was paid more than $25,000 for consulting on the movie and appearing in a cameo role, as an officer who arrests Emma Watson’s character, without asking for permission from his higher-ups. He’s being investigated by the LAPD as I write this and might lose his job.
For me, the Bling Ring story was a perfect Los Angeles tale. Nevermind that these kids lived in the suburbs of Calabasas, just an hour’s drive in traffic from the Hollywood homes they robbed. They may as well have been from Boise, ID, like me. They were total outsiders who just happened to be in close proximity.
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We spoke with Sofia Coppola at the Women in Film Crystal + Lucy Awards in Beverly Hills yesterday as she prepped for this weekend's release of The Bling Ring. The director talked with us about taking the risk of casting unknown actors for some of the biggest roles in the movie and about the music in the film — the soundtrack was just released this week. She told us she included one track because it was a favorite of Emma Watson's. We also asked Sofia about collaborating with husband Thomas Mars of French band Phoenix, and she admitted she sometimes reviews his lyrics to make sure they "make sense" in English.
A humble Patton Oswalt swooped up the honor for best guest performer in a comedy series last night at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for his role on Parks and Recreation — and promptly forgot to thank his wife during his acceptance speech. The comedian and actor joked with us about the blunder backstage and also talked about what it was like to join Amy Poehler and the rest of the comedy's cast on set.
The Middle's Eden Sher may not look much like her TV character, Sue Heck, but the actress says she enjoys going under the radar in public. We chatted with a glammed-up Eden backstage last night following her Critics' Choice Television Awards win for best supporting actress in a comedy about going unrecognized — and why she decided against wearing Crocs and a backpack to last night's red carpet.
Carson Daly represented The Voice last night at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills, taking home the best competition reality series honor for the cast, crew, and contestants. Backstage, we asked Carson to weigh in on the in-the-moment nature of the show and Adam Levine's recent outburst during an especially bad night for his team. He also told us why he thinks The Voice has succeeded while other TV singing contests have faltered.
Sarah Paulson snagged the best supporting actress in a movie or miniseries award at last night's Critics' Choice Television Awards for her work in American Horror Story. We caught up with the actress backstage to talk about the "harrowing" and "dark" roles she's played on the show. She also told us that next season, subtitled "Coven," will feature a lot of "bitchy witches" and more of Evan Peters.
We caught up with Alex Karpovsky of Girls last night at the Critics' Choice Television Awards in Beverly Hills to talk about what's ahead for his character, Ray, on the upcoming season of the HBO hit. We also asked him if any fans have gotten Ray's dialogue tattooed on their bodies as one viewer recently did with Lena's much-repeated "all adventurous women do" line from the show. It turns out, the answer is yes!
Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring tells an unlikely — but true — story: a group of suburban LA teens regularly rob a string of celebrity homes and, for more than a year, get away with it. The real-life bling ring managed to pilfer more than $3 million in clothes, jewelry, guns, and money from the homes of stars like Megan Fox, Paris Hilton, and Rachel Bilson before they were caught in 2009.
The case quickly became a media sensation. Not only did the kids target famous people, but they also seemed to want to be them, partying in Hollywood nightclubs in Paris Hilton's dresses and spending their stolen cash at celebrity-frequented boutiques like Kitson. Here are some surprising — and sometimes stranger-than-fiction — details about the case that you may not have heard:
1. They targeted Paris Hilton because she was "dumb": Nick Prugo, one of the core members of the group, later said that he and coconspirator Rachel Lee chose Paris as their first target specifically because they didn't think she was the sharpest tool in the shed. “Rachel's idea and, I guess, my idea, was that she was dumb," Nick later said in the Vanity Fair article "The Suspects Wore Louboutins." "Like, who would leave a door unlocked? Who would have a lot of money lying around? Logically anyone in America could probably figure out that if you were gonna do something to a celebrity it would be someone that wasn't, you know, that bright."
2. They're all out of jail: Despite ripping off an estimated $3 million in jewels, clothes, cash, and other personal effects, none of the members of the bling ring are still behind bars. Rachel Lee, the ringleader whom Katie Chang portrays in the movie, was released in March of last year after serving two years of a four-year sentence. Some of the more peripheral members of the group were sentenced only to probation and community service. Perhaps most surprisingly, Johnny Ajar — who resold stolen goods for the group — is apparently still living extravagantly. The convicted felon, whom Gavin Rossdale's The Bling Ring character is loosely based on, regularly posts pictures of stacks of cash, Rolex watches, and high-end meals at pricey restaurants on his Instagram feed.
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Elisabeth Moss picked up an honor tonight at the Critics' Choice Television Awards for her role in the TV miniseries Top of the Lake, but backstage, we also had to ask her about Mad Men. Elisabeth gave us a little hint to go on about the endlessly "mysterious" Bob Benson and also told us how her own experiences living in NYC have mirrored Peggy Olson's. Elisabeth also gave us the scoop on her dramatic new hair transformation, which she said was "Rihanna-inspired."
Bryan Cranston, former costar Jonathan Banks, and Breaking Bad's producers celebrated their tie with Game of Thrones for best drama tonight at the Critics' Choice Television Awards. We asked the crew to tell us about the mood on their last day at work shooting the series finale, which they said was full of tears and hugs. Bryan and Jonathan also told us whether they've patched things up after their memorable last moments on screen together.
Parenthood's Monica Potter took home the best supporting actress in a drama series award tonight at the Critics' Choice Television Awards after a season that hit especially close to home. Monica, who had a breast-cancer scare last year, portrayed her character Kristina's battle with the disease this year on the drama. See what Monica told us about the "incredible" opportunity to bring awareness to the disease and how women who have been touched by breast cancer reacted to the show's treatment of the illness.
Pretty Little Liars left fans with a major cliffhanger back in March with its shocking season-three finale. Actress Janel Parrish stopped by our LA studios today to talk about the drama's return, promising that the nagging mystery of who — or what — is in the trunk will be revealed "seconds" into this season's premiere. Janel also weighed in on the craziest fan theories she's heard about the ABC Family series and said we'll find out who's really wearing the red coat sooner than we might have guessed. Pretty Little Liars's season-four premiere airs tomorrow night at 8/7 p.m. Central.
Desiree Hartsock may have had her heart broken on the last season of The Bachelor, but she said she knew "yes" was the right answer when she was asked to sign on for The Bachelorette. Desiree stopped by our LA studios recently to weigh in on the strong personalities in this season's crop of men and whether Ben will emerge as the "bad guy" of the competition. She also reacted to some advice Sean Lowe publicly shared for her and reflected on whether she was surprised by the choice she made in the season finale. The next episode of The Bachelorette airs tonight on ABC at 8/7 Central.
This week in POPSUGARTV, we talked to the man behind all of Nicole Kidman's enviable hair looks at the Cannes Film Festival and showed you how to create a DIY ear cuff inspired by Rooney Mara's. We also geared up for a Summer spent outdoors, putting a healthy spin on iced tea, sharing three great outfits to keep you looking stylish poolside, and getting Kelly Ripa's arm workout straight from her trainer!
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Fruitvale Station is a retelling of the shooting of Oscar Grant. In 2009, Oscar was gunned down by Oakland police, sparking a public outcry. We spoke with the movie's writer and director, Ryan Coogler, and Octavia Spencer, who plays Oscar's mom in the film, shortly after the drama received a standing ovation at its Cannes Film Festival premiere. The pair told us why it was vital to shoot the movie in the Bay Area, what they learned from their conversations with Oscar's family, and what being "embraced" by an international audience in France meant to them. Fruitvale Station will hit select theaters in the States beginning next month.
In just a few short years, Teresa Palmer has built a movie career any young actor would envy. Teresa moved to LA at age 20 shortly after landing her role in the comedy Take Me Home Tonight, relying on good friends Topher Grace and Anna Faris to help show her the Hollywood ropes. Her latest film, Wish You Were Here, hits select theaters this weekend and also stars fellow Aussie Joel Edgerton. We caught up with Teresa to talk about the project and what it was like to play an impulsive party girl, a phase she admits she "bypassed" in her own life because she was so focused on work. Teresa also told us that her next project will have her juggling roles in front of and behind the camera; she's writing, producing, and starring in a movie loosely based on her own life.
Israel Broussard stars as a teen burglar in Sofia Coppola's The Bling Ring, and last night at the LA debut of the film, we asked him which famous person's home he'd most like to break into if he could get away with it. Israel also talked to us about the surreal experience of shooting the movie in Paris Hilton's house and whether he's gotten used to being in the public eye yet.