Critics’ Choice Awards Behind the Scenes

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If you’re going to stand on a red carpet, you’d best bring a stool. At the Critics’ Choice Awards last night in Los Angeles, the entryway was packed with news agencies and paparazzi – everyone from the networks and domestic entertainment press to foreign reporters, like those from Canal Plus. (On the northern side of cultural reportage, Ben Mulroney, the host of Canadian Idol and the son of a former prime minister, cut the most impressive figure.) Everyone was jostling for position, and when the celebrities came down the carpet, it was difficult to see, much less talk, for fear of all the flying elbows and tossed camera equipment. When Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie arrived, the flashbulbs looked like a lightning storm, to borrow a phrase from intrepid VH1 host Aamer Haleem. One grizzled red carpet vet hunched over his microphone and said grimly, “This is paradise.” But for many, it was.

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Jessica Alba Is A Total Hypocrite

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Jessica Alba graced the cover of Elle Magazine this month, and she’s got quite a bit to say about her fame and how she’s perceived — in short, she doesn’t use her body to further her career. While we appreciate the former Maxim cover girl’s views, we only wish they were true. Check out what she had to say below, along with some of her…uh, work.

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Britney Wears a Bra & Stays Home

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We spend a good 95% of our day thinking, reading, and yapping about Britney Spears. And every day it’s the same old crap (like last night: her car broke down, she hitched a ride with paparazzi, Brit rocked an almost nip-slip, slept at the Peninsula Hotel and looked generally trashy and insane) . Life with Britney is like that movie Groundhog Day, except her sh*t stopped being funny a long time ago and we still laugh at Bill Murray. So here is what we wish we could write – a day in the life of Britney that we could only dream of. Maybe someday even just a minute of it will come true.

7AM:
Britney rises early and heads out for a jog wearing a supportive sports-bra, a tank top that covers her stomach, actual shorts and sneakers. Her short, natural hair is pulled back in a headband.
9AM: On the way home for her run, Brit stops by a local coffee shop for a small cup of green tea.
10AM: Britney takes a long, hot shower, washes her hair, scraps off her fake tan and scrubs her finger nails.
11AM: The starlet chews some Nicorette while cleaning out her entire closet, and donates her collection of skanky shirts, butt-revealing dresses and beat-up boots to charity.
12PM: Britney’s kids come over for a visit and she makes then a healthy meal, plays with them in the yard, and puts them down for a nap.
4PM: Mama Brit drives (below the speed limit) her reasonably-priced hybrid vehicle to the farmer’s market and picks up some vegetables and fish for dinner.
6PM: The family gathers for a meal made of actual food, followed by a G-rated movie together.
8PM: Britney goes to bed. Alone.

Critics’ Choice Awards: Fashion Highlights

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Angelina and Brad reminded us why they rule the world, Brittany Snow accented the baby blues, Katie Holmes made a sparkly scarf look stunning, Clooney looked suave (as always), Javier was our man of steel, Kyra Sedgwick sizzled in red, and Amanda Bynes got leggy.

See below for more glitz and glamour.

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Tuesday: Jamie-Lynn Smartens Up

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jamielynnespears-010808.jpgNicole Kidman: Officially Knocked Up
Nic and hubby Keith Urban are expecting their first baby – and we’re pretty sure it’s not L. Ron Hubbard‘s demon child. Congrats! [People]

Jamie Lynn Spears Goes Back to School
Brit’s little sis is hard at work in her hometown getting her GED before her baby’s born. She’s such a good role model for her older sister. [People]

Jessica Simpson Avoids Her Ex
The singer skipped out on a vaca with her little sis in Costa Rica after she learned her ex-hubby Nick Lachey (and his girlfriend Vanessa Minillo) were holed up at the resort next door. [NYP]

Golden Globes Get Axed
Sorry kids! No watching celebs sit around getting hammered in $5000 dresses (and winning things) this year. [Us]

Dr. Phil Won’t Shut Up About Britney
If we may echo our pal Chris Crocker, leave Britney alone! [Us]

Critics’ Choice Awards: Memorable Quotes

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Everyone tends to let their hair down after a couple of drinks, and celebrities are no exception. At the Critics’ Choice Awards, the champagne loosened tongues, providing the evening with color commentary that, in the case of Leslie Mann, sometimes turned blue. We caught the famous folk talking candidly on the red carpet, onstage, back stage and in the post-show party. Whether it was the news about the Golden Globes’ impending cancellation or a fervor from just being surrounded by their peers, the actors and actresses in attendance had plenty to say. They might have been vying to see who could be the most charismatic — even if Javier Bardem had that quality pretty much locked — but none were sweeter than Nikki Blonsky.

“I thought of Bush.” — Javier Bardem‘s witty response to host D.L. Hughley‘s question about how he channeled such murderous horror into Anton Chigurh, the ruthless killer in the Coen brothers’ No Country for Old Men

“You can say f*cking on VH1, right?” — Leslie Mann onstage, at once proving just how contagious her husband Judd Apatow’s brand of humor really is, while simultaneously lending credibility to the idea of Katherine Heigl and Seth Rogen hooking up.

“Who else have you gone down on tonight?” — Casey Affleck querying our Red Carpet hostess Carrie Keagan after she kneeled down to help him tie his shoe

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Critics’ Choice: Your Turn to Comment

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The CCA bash kicks off awards season in America. Get a wisp of what triumphs here, and you have an inside track as to what’s going to happen at the other film culture shows, including the Oscars. We’re working the “Watch and Discuss” tip, so keep an eye on the red carpet action and the awards show itself, and let loose with your opinions regarding everything from fashion statements to acting skills. We’ll be with you ’til 11 p.m. or so.

7:35: Make sure you’re back here ready to roll at 8 p.m. EST.

8:00: Welcome all! Let’s do this.snoop-dogg-critics-choice-awards.jpg

8:05: There’s Snoop (right). Wonder what his favorite film genre is. Anyone wanna take a guess?

8:08: Nikki Blonsky was working at an ice cream shop last year? Anyone here think Hairspray was a blast?

8: 16: Kyra Sedgewick is handing out the Best Writing award. What side of the writers’ strike are you on?

8: 20: Latifah‘s everywhere these days. Mad Money is hitting in two weeks, and her latest jazzy disc plopped into the racks a couple months ago.

8:23: Emile Hirsch faced off against grizzlies this year, and he’s so into the wild, he left his tie at home. “Ivy League” says his dad.

8:30: Emily Deschanel doesn’t know what her favorite movie is. She needs to get out more.

don-cheadle-critics-choice-awards.jpg8:35: Fighting the good fight, Don Cheadle (left) is picking up a humanitarian award tonight. His Ocean’s bud George Clooney is going to celebrate him. Rightly so. Everyone should know about Dafur Now.

8:38: Our first foray into dirty talk: hooray! “Who else have you gone down on tonight?” Casey Affleck asked our host Carrie Keagan after she kneeled over and tied one of his shoes.

8:40: Ellen Page is one of those consensus heroes: everyone digs her. Think Juno is a fluke, or will she be around for awhile?

8:46: Cuba Gooding is a D.L. Hughley fan; he says our host is going to rock the house.

8:51: Wow. Props from veteran Hal Holbrook to Sean Penn regarding the eloquence of a 25-year-old thank you note. We’re strolling memory lane. Nice.

bradd-pitt-angelina-jolie-200x.jpg8:55: Pitt and Jolie (right) have hit town. Yes, they look sharp.

8:57: It’s almost a wrap for the red carpet. Who looked hottest?

9:05: D.L‘s doing it. “If people wanted to see a fictional story about the Iraq war, they could just watch Fox News.”

9:07: Emile‘s dad said he looked “ivy league” by leaving the tie at home – is that true?

9:09: Lots of people pulling toward a common goal. Hairspray gets the Best Ensemble nod. Go Latifah, go.

9:11: Which story moved you the most? Which writer got to the bottom of his or her tale? Let’s hear it for Diablo Cody, writer of Juno.

9:19: I’m loving Michael Cera, but there are lots of strong young actors coming along these days. Ahmad Kahn Mahmidzada is the one the CCA liked best. Here are some other talents.

ensemble2.jpg9:22: Ms. Nikki Blonsky (right) screams louder than Queen Latifah. She should. She is the best young actress.

9:33: The 40 Year Virgin and Borat have both won Best Comedy awards in previous years. This time around it’s Juno. Katie Holmes could act a little bit more excited. Is she OK?

9:40: Hughley was teasing Brad Pitt and Sean Penn about being “honorary” blacks for their work putting New Orleans back together. They deserve it. But as the stars of this list confirm, real African-American actors had a strong 2007.

9:42: Nice that they let a couple of musicians hand out Best Composition and Best Song awards, though Snoop and Feist don’t seem exactly comfortable with each other. Jonny Greenwood‘s There Will Be Blood score and Glen Hasard’s “Falling Slowly” from Once are the winners.

9:49: Amy Ryan snatched the Best Supporting Actress from Catherine Keener, Tilda Swinton, and Cate Blanchett. Casey Affleck uses some wit to accept for his pal Ryan.

9:53: Schnabel Time! The director/artist walks away with the nod for The Diving Bell and the Butterfly. It’s the best Foreign Language Film.

george-clooney-critics-choice-awards.jpg9:57: George Clooney: Hollywood is a “one industry town.” He wants the strike to end. But he’s got business to do and it’s time to salute his pal Don Cheadle, the activist/actor, by laying the “Joel Siegel Award” at his table. Hotel Rwanda and Darfur Now – two provocative pieces.

10:10: They’re teasing us a bit with clips from all the Best Picture nominees, but it’s not time for the evening to peak. Grab some popcorn.

10:12: C’mon now, no animated title was better than The Simpsons Movie. But Ratatouille was pretty nifty. It’s been named top dog. And Enchanted clocks the Best Family Movie award. Do see August Rush, though.

10:21: Someone will have to transcribe Eddie Izzard‘s crazy-talk speech tomorrow. It will show us how much we need the writers back. Ditto for list of countries that feature government-sponsored heath care. Good thing he took the time to work the list, because Michael Moore‘s Sicko earns top prize.bardem-200×150.jpg

10:27: Nothing but skills in the pool of nominees for Best Supporting Actor, but the room seems to like the choice of Javier Bardem (right). He scared the pants off many ticket buyers in No Country For Old Men.

10:33: More dirty talk from Leslie Mann, more political quips from Javier Bardem. A victory for Bury My Heart at Wounded Knee.

10:40: Intensity and subtlety win every time. Therefore we’re listening to Daniel Day-Lewis‘s acceptance speech for There Will Be Blood. Seen it yet? Paul Thomas Anderson‘s finest moment perhaps.

10:41: Ahh, they’re throwing to our Worst Movies of 2007 list. Let me make it easy for you. Here it is right here. Which 2007 film did you guys feel like walking out on?

10:49: Guess the Best Actress winner – right now!

10:52: If you said Julie Christie, you are quite correct. She stars in Away From Her.

10:55: The Coens aren’t in the house, but after a shout out to Julien Schnabel, the brothers’ designated accepter, Mr. Bardem, thanks everyone for naming them Best Director(s).

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10:58: That’s a lot of critics onstage. But they’ve reached a decision on Best Picture, and that’s the Coen Brothers’ No Country For Old Men. Please don’t forget to read Cormac McCarthy‘s book.

11:00: Make sure you come back to VH1.com right now. We’re streaming the Post-Show Wrap-Up. Our team on the scene will hook up with some of the celebs and see what they think of the choices. Don’t quit now, c’mon!

Critics’ Choice: 1 Hour to Arrivals

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Is there any gala decoration fancier than an ice sculpture? We think not. That’s the height of swank, but then, this is the 13th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards. Celebrities should start arriving on the red carpet in an hour, and so, as the pre-show tension mounts, we took a spin around the venue to check out the happenings. Our broadcast starts at 8 p.m. (5 p.m. PST), and we’ll have all the live red carpet coverage on-air, but be sure to check back online for all our live blog coverage. More photos after the jump.

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Critics’ Choice: 2 Hours and Counting

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There are less than three hours left to go before the 13th Annual Critics’ Choice Awards kick off with pre-show red carpet festivities, and the Santa Monica Civic Center is electric. Between press, talent and crew checking in, there are more badges here than in a small country’s DMV. Everyone’s busy: the crew’s busy arranging and re-arranging tables, providing pronunciation cues for presenters, not to mention running through the show; the press is mingling; and the hosts (D.L. Hughley, Ross Matthews, Carrie Keagan, Sam Rubin) are wandering from the main room to back stage — and back again. Pictured above are members of the crew making sure the red carpet doesn’t blow away. (It’s windy here today, no lie.) For more photographs from behind the scenes, check what’s happening after the jump.

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Jessica Gets Romantic With her Parents

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jessica-simpson-010708.jpgDon’t take dating tips from Jessica Simpson. If her past track record isn’t enough (we miss you Bam Nick and John!), let her latest sexy move be a lesson to you – she is currently on vacation with recent flame Tony Romo and her parents. HER PARENTS! How can they get busy when her mom and dad are sleeping right next door?! The couple, the Simpsons, and some pals are all staying together in a rented villa in Cabo San Lucas. At the airport, a source spotted Jess and Tony “rubbing each others butts and laughing on the tarmac.” Kinky! Things got even crazier over at their vacation house. “Tony couldn’t stop touching Jessica,” another spy (with really awesome long-distance vision) said, “They were having a great time, with Jess’ parents laughing and joking with Jess and Tony. Tony was affectionate to Jess and everyone seemed very relaxed.”

Yes, supervised sleepovers are always such stress relievers! It sounds like Jess needs to check her co-dependency baggage – and her rents – the next time she travels with her dude…if he even sticks around that long. [Us]