Stop reading now if you haven’t seen the final episode of ‘Smash.’ Spoilers ahead!
NBC lowered the curtains on Smashfor the final time May 26, with a two-hour series finale that — in my mind — neatly wrapped up two seasons’ worth of on- and off-stage drama. And as the words of the final song echoed, the show gave us a big finish, but kept us wanting more.
Now let’s talk about how the gang fared during the finale. While everyone received a pretty solid ending, some definitely ended more happily than others.
Ivy & Derek Are Multiplying
Amidst the joy of her billion Tony Award nominations, Ivy (Megan Hilty) spent the final two hours debating whether or not to abort Derek’s spawn. She also won the Tony for Best Leading Actress in a Musical, which you have to admit, she totally deserved. Karen (Katharine McPhee) kicked ass in Hit List, but it’s been Ivy’s destiny to accept that award since the pilot, when she belted out her first note in “Let Me Be Your Star.”
Meanwhile, Derek (Jack Davenport) finally renounced his womanizing ways. Not only did he come clean about hiring Daisy in exchange for sexy times, but the smarmy Brit also yanked her from the Tony number!
As for that baby I mentioned earlier, it looks like Ivy’s keeping it and raising it with Derek. We didn’t actually see her break the news to him, but if this picture is any indication, I’d say they’ll be all right:
Jimmy Collins: From Songbird To Jailbird
Besides taking a shower and putting on a tux, which were major character developments in and of themselves, Jimmy (Jeremy Jordan) finally decided to start being a human — and by “human,” I mean “prisoner.” He took his whole messy back story to the cops, and now he’s look at 6 to 18 months behind bars.
For those of you keeping score at home, this means Karen ended the series with no awards of her own and no boyfriend to complain to! I’m kind of shocked, actually; I thought Little Miss Iowa’s dumb luck would never run out, but apparently this show had a few surprises left in it.
Julia’s Never-Ending Divorce
Given Julia’s merry-go-round of boyfriends this season, it’s been pretty easy to forget the Bombshell scribe was ever married — but in the second half of the finale, it was impossible for Julia (Debra Messing) to avoid her fuming ex. Frank returned with a vengeance, demanding that Julia go on-record about her affair with Michael Swift.
I never liked Michael — I’ve always thought he besmirched our last name — but Julia sure did; and she still does, as we saw the ex-cheaters reunite during the final moments of the finale!
Tom Gets Lucky
Tom (Christian Borle) didn’t win Best Director, but it’s all good, because his real prize came in the form of “straight” actor Patrick Dillon. The duo spent the final two hours wrapped up in their own little rom-com, before eventually locking lips on the steps of the Tonys.
(Get it, Tom! Remind this boyfriend to look both ways before he crosses the street, will ya?)
Come On, Eileen
Much like Julia’s forgotten marriage, I had all-but-purged Eileen’s (Anjelica Huston) bartender boyfriend Nick from my memory. But because this was a series finale, all loose ends needed to be tied — and Nick always knew how to loosen that old gal up.
WATCH: ‘Smash’ Series Finale Promo
HollywoodLifers, what did you think of the Smash series finale? Any lingering questions, or do you think everyone got the closure they needed? Drop a comment with your review of the finale, and your thoughts on the series.
Michael Douglas and Matt Damon are incredible in this biopic of the life and loves of Liberace — check out the five reasons this HBO production is one of the best made-for-TV movies ever!
Behind The Candelabra is the cable event of the year, and it will absolutely not disappoint. Michael Douglas stars as the flamboyant entertainer Liberace, while Matt Damon dumbs down as his young lover Scott Thorson. In a movie designed to be as decadent and ostentatious as possible, there are many moments that we are totally obsessed with and have to analyze. Check out our favorite parts below — SPOILERS AHEAD!
Matt & Michael’s Love Scenes
Liberace had a healthy sexual appetite, and Matt and Michael pull no punches in the sex scenes. Although the actors’ strongest moments come through the emotionally tortured moments in the film’s third act, the love scenes are so brave.
Incredible Costumes & Hair
The film pays tribute to the late-’70s and early-’80s time period through and over-the-top recreation of the style. Much like Liberace himself, the style absolutely DEMANDS your attention.
Rob Lowe’s Magical Face
The Parks and Recreation star is hilarious as Liberace’s plastic surgeon guru, Dr. Jack Startz. Jack’s role becomes sinister as he gets Scott hooked on drugs, but the most important characterization is his incredible plastic surgery. Just look at this lovely mug:
The Spellbinding Musical Numbers
Although his personal life was a mess, Liberace was a gifted pianist and entertainer. It was great to get glimpses into the spectacle that was a performance, and Michael once again showed his gifts in making the concert scenes come to life.
Liberace’s Final Act
Several years after his relationship with Scott imploded, Liberace died of AIDS-related complications — but not before bringing Scott back to his mansion to visit one last time. Looking emaciated, Michael and Matt illustrate some of their finest acting to date in these moments. Love, loss and anger are rarely portrayed with such honesty, and
What was YOUR favorite part of Behind The Candelabra, HollywoodLifers?
Just as Dani starts to build a career of her own, rumors rock the Jonas household — will Joe’s alleged sex tape put a wrench in Dani and Kevin’s future?
Kevin Jonasand Danielle Jonas are back together after Kevin returns from the Jonas Brothers tour. But in the season finale on May 26, there were tears, drama and laughter — keep reading to see what rocked the family.
‘Married To Jonas’ Finale — Joe Jonas’ Sex Tape Comes Out
Dani’s brother Mikey jokes with the other siblings that apparently, his sex tape with Joe Jonas has leaked!
“It’s ridiculous. It’s not even true — what are you going to do. Big news guys.” Kevin says.
Luckily, the family laughs it off and it’s no big deal.
Photo Shoot Drama
As Cosmopolitan comes to the house to shoot Dani’s cooking column, a chandelier breaks and Dani starts to freak out. “I can’t let this ruin the whole shoot,” Dani Says.
Meanwhile, younger sister Katie has a big breakdown after everyone criticizes her first two outfit choices. “You don’t know how self-conscious I am to begin with,” she cries from a closet. Finally, the stylist puts her into something she feels comfortable in.
Dani Looks Towards The Future
“I’m doing things I never thought I could do. I’m excited to start a whole new life with Kevin,” Dani says.
She’s definitely come out of her shell and blossomed in the past year!
Are you excited to see the future of Kevin and Dani, HollywoodLifers?
Chris and Karrueche’s nonchalant relationship took a huge step towards being more serious when she moved back in with him. Now HollywoodLife.com can tell you EXCLUSIVELY exactly why the former couple decided to shack up again.
People who are good friends who used to date don’t just move back in with each other without it meaning something. So the report that claimed that Karrueche Tranand Chris Brownwere living together again seemed to suggest that their rekindled relationship was getting much more serious than we had previously thought. A source close to KT confirmed to HollywoodLife.comEXCLUSIVELY that she had in fact moved back in with Chris, but did she do it because they’re taking the relationship to the next level?
Karrueche Tran: Why She Moved Back In With Chris Brown
“She is back at Chris’ house at the moment and she seems happy,” the source says. “He’s making her feel comfortable and he appreciates her and that’s all she really wants.”
But even though things seem to be running very smoothly between Chris and Kae, the source insists the move was more a matter of convenience and practicality than a conscious decision to get more serious. “It was a process for the last two weeks,” the source explains:
She was hanging out over there and driving back and forth from West Hollywood to Hollywood to see Chris and be with him and it just became stupid for her to do all that back and forth so he told her to bring some things over and one thing led to another and she’s been posted there for the past few weeks.
So basically, Karrueche moved in with Chris to save on gas money. How romantic!
The source also reveals that KT is still keeping her own apartment, and that she hasn’t moved everything over to Chris’.
Chris Brown & Karrueche Tran ‘Going With The Flow’
Even as they take steps towards a committed, serious relationship, both Karrueche and Chris are sticking with their come-what-may approach: “She’s staying there and just going with the flow,” the source says. “No titles. No over the top demands. She’s just going with the mix and staying in the moment.”
Hopefully KT and Chris are being a little more forthcoming to each other in private, because it’d crush Karrueche if Chris decided he didn’t want to be with her “in the moment.” Nobody likes moving.
She may be one of the best actresses of our generation but Gwyneth Paltrow finds that modeling is the perfect job for her as a mom. Will she ever go back to acting full-time?
Oscar winner Gwyneth Paltrow is on everyone’s minds these days. She can currently be seen in Iron Man 3 and was named People‘s Most Beautiful Person. However, as a mom, she’s finding herself taking more modeling gigs than acting roles!
Gwyneth Paltrow Prefers Modeling
In a new interview with Women’s Wear Daily, Gwyneth opens up on how her modeling gig with Hugo Boss fragrance is the best job for her as she raises her kids–Apple, 9, and Moses, 7.
"I have had a really good experience working for Boss, and I always say this, but it really is such a perfect job when you have kids,” she tells the magazine.
Gwyneth Doing One Film A Year Because Of Family
The Iron Man 3 actress, who is also juggling a book deal and Goop, the digital media and e-commerce company she founded, is sticking to one film a year to focus on her kids. Gwyneth says she prefers modeling over acting because of time commitments.
"I can only really do one film a year now because of my family and how it all works out, so it's so nice for me to be able to work for a great company and, you know, I'm going to Spain next week for two days so I still get to travel and meet really interesting people and have a work interaction. But it's not like I am out of the house for three months," she says.
What do YOU think of Gwyneth preferring modeling over acting, HollywoodLifers? Do YOU think Gwyneth should do more movies?
Wow, let us catch our breath for a second! The youngest Jenner took to Instagram to relive her family trip in Greece by posting a totally hot photo of herself in a sexy, skimpy bikini. Is she showing off too much?
Most people remember their family vacations by looking at pictures of the scenery, the dinners, the candid moments, but the Kardashians are not most people. The youngest of the horde, Kylie Jenner, got nostalgic in another, racier way when she posted a picture of herself in a tantalizing bikini on May 25.
Kylie Jenner Poses For Sexy Bikini Selfie
In the pic, Kylie is sporting a skimpy bikini bottom with cut-out sides that show sneak-peeks of the very top of her long legs. On top Kylie opted for a frilly, white number that of course showed off her taut stomach. “Missing you, Greece xx,” Kylie wrote for the sexy photo’s caption.
You can tell Kylie knew she looked good just by the way she’s standing — her hips thrust back to accentuate her curves to the ultimate degree.
Kylie Jenner: Is She Too Young For Pics This Sexy?
Besides the fact that Kylie definitely went home from vacation with some super weird tan lines, the photo makes us cringe a little bit for one other reason — Kylie is only 15 years old!
While we want to applaud Kylie for looking great (because let’s be honest, she does), the church lady in us still wants to scold her and tell her to put on some clothes.
But the sisters are all way older than Kylie — and they came into the public eye after the had hit 18, whereas Kylie has had cameras on her since she was a child. It’s probably easy for her — and us — to forget that she’s just a teenager.
There’s nothing wrong with showing off — she’s in great shape and she should be proud of that — but she might not want to go spicing up Instagram like she’s Rihannajust yet.
Amanda, WHY!? The troubled star went on an inexplicable rant against Rihanna on May 26, and said some amazingly inappropriate and insane things. It’s not even a debate anymore — this girl needs help.
Because we haven’t had enough Amanda Bynesdrama in our lives, she decided to fly off the handle on Rihanna, of all people, on Twitter on May 26. Amanda clearly needs psychiatric help, because she totally just messed with the wrong girl.
Amanda Bynes’ Offensive Tweets Starts Twitter Feud With Rihanna
We can’t exactly tell what set Amanda off — she seemingly just started going in on Rihanna for no reason. “No one wants to be your lover so you call everyone and their mother that I almost named my new dog Rihanna,” Amanda first tweeted. Not completely sure where she was going towards the end of that, but moving on.
Amanda then dropped quite possibly the most insensitive tweet in the history of Twitter: “Chris brownbeat you because you’re not pretty enough,” she wrote. We’re completely speechless — to drudge up horrible memories like Chris’ abuse against Rihanna just for the sake of attention is completely inappropriate, and just shows how desperate Amanda really must be.
She finished off the rant by tweeting, “you look so ugly tryin to be white.” Again, speechless.
Rihanna Responds To Amanda Bynes
Amanda must actually be crazy for going after Rihanna, one of the baddest, fiercest females in Hollywood. The Unapologetic singer proved all at once that she was better, smarter, and funnier than Amanda — and way above this nonsense — with one simple response: “Ya see what happens when they cancel the Intervention?” Game, set, match, Rihanna.
Amanda responded quickly (because what else does she have to do besides be on Twitter?), saying, “unlike ur fugly faced self I don’t do drugs! U need the intervention dog! I met ur ugly face in person! U aren’t pretty u know it!”
All of Amanda’s offending tweets were quickly deleted, but we still can’t believe they were even sent in the first place. Her New York City antics, her bong-tossing arrest, all of that stuff looks almost normal when compared to this offensive, unnecessary Twitter feud that she unexplainably drummed up. We really hope she gets herself some help, otherwise Rihanna might make sure she gets it.
The 97th running of the most famous car race in sports had a thrilling ending when the Brazilian driver took the lead with 3 laps to go and brought home his first ever Indy 500 title.
They don’t call it the Greatest Spectacle in Racing for no reason! In an exhilarating race on May 26, Tony Kanaan pulled ahead late and climactically grabbed the checkered flag. It was his first Indianapolis 500 win in 12 tries.
Tony Kanaan Wins The 97th Indy 500
Tony stole first place from Ryan Hunter-Raey after a restart with just three laps to go. And when the caution flag flew seconds later after a crash involving Dario Franchitti, the field was frozen and Tony became the winner after 500 long miles.
Rookie racer Carlos Munoz finished second, with Ryan and Dario following behind.
Tony has had a long, great career as a driver, and this Indy 500 win just caps it off. “I got a little bit of luck today,” Tony told USA Today. “It’s for the fans. It’s for my dad who’s not here. But mainly for all of you guys. I was looking at the stands, and it was unbelievable.”
Tony is highly respected in the racing world, and his excited but humble reaction to winning the biggest prize in racing is the reason why:
I want to thank everybody. I’ve never seen so many people from other teams [offering congratulations]. This is it, man. I made it. I’m finally going to put my name on that trophy… We were known for not winning, now we’re known for winning. I don’t know what to say.
Congratulations, Tony! Enjoy chugging all that milk!
Tyler posted the sexy pic of he and Ashley kissing fiercely to his WhoSay page, along with the caption, “A French friendship.” Making out with friends — that’s French alright!
Ashley re-posted the picture to her Instagram, writing, “besties. Sad he’s leaving me :(.” Aww, how cute! Ashley and Tyler have been such a hot couple on PLL as Hanna and Caleb, it’s no surprise that they have the same chemistry off the screen.
Their crazy night didn’t just involve a little smooching though — Ashley even ended up in Tyler’s clothes! Posting a picture of herself in baggy pants and a manly flannel shirt, Ashley tweeted, “Wore a slip tonight. It’s freezing. Now I’m in all of @longhaired_child clothes. Helll yaaaaa.”
Ashley Benson: ‘I’m Going To Miss Tyler Blackburn’
While a little kissing doesn’t equate to a full-blown relationship, these two have such a tight relationship that it wouldn’t shock us if it blossomed into something more down the road.
Ashley revealed how sad she is that Tyler is leaving Pretty Little Liars to HollywoodLife.comEXCLUSIVELY. “I’m super excited for him,” Ashley told us, referring to Tyler’s role on Ravenwood. “But I’m still going to miss him; I’ve been working with him for years and I can’t imagine myself with anybody else.”
So adorable. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
This is even hotter than the time RiRi was naked in a tub for the ‘Stay’ music video! On May 24, Rihanna tweeted out yet another sexy pic, proving once more that she’s feeling breezy (get it?) and beautiful without Chris.
Instagram was invented so Rihannacould post unbelievably sexy photos and show the world — especially Chris Brown– how good she looks. And we are not complaining.
Rihanna’s Sexy Bikini Bathtub Shot
The Unapologetic singer was at it again on May 24, posting a racy pic of herself lounging in a luxurious bathtub. “Lil ol me in my big ol tub!!!” Rihanna tweeted along with the photo.
RiRi’s amazing body was on full display, as she posed seductively in a skimpy blue bikini. We’re not sure we’ve ever seen a bath tub this big, but we’re glad Rihanna found it, because she looks pretty darn good laying in it.
Rihanna Feels ‘Free’ From Chris Brown
Rihanna’s sexuality seems to be even more accelerated lately, and a source close to the singer revealed to HollywoodLife.comwhy. “Being free, free from all the stress and bulls**t that was once in her life [makes her feel sexy],” the source said, referring to her fallout with Chris.
“She feels free for once and just living it up and getting ready to handle her business and get the f**k out of here on her tour,” the source added.
To say that Rihanna’s “living it up” is an understatement. The European leg of her “Diamonds” tour couldn’t have started at a better time. RiRi will continue to have a blast on the road and just let Chris do what he wants back home. She doesn’t seem to be having a problem keeping her mind off of him, and with pictures like this, it’s more likely that he’s the one who’s going to have trouble keeping his mind off of her!
Now that ‘Dancing With The Stars’ has ended, Sean can get back to what’s important — his bride-to-be Catherine Giudici. In an EXCLUSIVE interview, the former ‘Bachelor’ dishes to HollywoodLife.com on his wedding plans and also reveals that he and Catherine aren’t even waiting for the wedding to go on a romantic getaway!
Sean Lowecouldn’t be more excited to focus on his relationship with Catherine Giudici. On May 24, the hunky Bachelor was almost giddy talking about his and Catherine’s wedding and their plans to take some time off for a romantic early honeymoon — before they even get married!
Sean Lowe’s Wedding Location Revealed
While Sean admitted that he and Catherine haven’t officially set a date for their wedding, they have landed on a location. “It’s probably going to be in LA,” Sean told HollywoodLife.comEXCLUSIVELY.
Having the ceremony in LA makes sense both for the families and for the Bachelor wedding special, Sean explains: “If we do the televised wedding, which it looks like we will, it just makes more sense since that production crew is in the LA area — and her family is in Seattle, mine is in Dallas, LA is a good meeting point.”
Sean says he and Catherine are thrilled to dive into the wedding plans and officially tie the knot.
Sean Lowe & Catherine Giudici’s Pre-Wedding Honeymoon
But he seems even more excited to just spend some romantic alone time with his bride-to-be. Sean tells us he and Catherine are planning a sort of pre-wedding honeymoon trip, so they can just focus on each other for some time.
“Catherine and I are going to take a vacation,” he says. “I just want to chill out. Get away from my phone, from email, from everything and just lay on a beach for about a week.”
“We just try to spend quality time together,” Sean adds.
Sean and Catherine are such a cute couple, and you can really tell how into her he is! These two definitely have a great summer to look forward to. What do you think, HollywoodLifers? Let us know!
These two look quite friendly! In a behind-the-scenes video from the Billboard Music Awards red carpet, Selena is spotted tenderly hugging Austin and then asking him to come get dinner with her. What a lucky guy!
Austin Mahone must have been on cloud nine at the Billboard Music Awards on May 19, because before he even got into the show to present an award, Selena Gomezasked him out to dinner!
Selena Gomez Invites Austin Mahone To Dinner
A behind-the-scenes video captured the whole moment. Austin and Selena bump into each other on the carpet and hug and exchange the usual pleasantries, and then Selena drops the bomb. “I guess we’re having dinner together tonight,” she says excitedly.
This awesome dinner date appears to be news to Austin and totally catches him off guard. “Oh yeah,” he asks. “Sounds good. I’ll see you there.” Even he, the big Youtube sensation, seems a little starstruck by Selena!
Austin Mahone Dines With Selena Gomez, Taylor Swift & More
The dinner ended up being less of a date and more of a group thing, as Taylor Swifttold Billboard.com that after the award show she, Selena, Austin and many more hit up Nobu for a fun meal. “We had a giant dinner at Nobu for all my bandmates, dancers, and friends,” Tay Tay said. “It seemed like everyone was there. Ed [Sheeran], Selena, Austin Mahone… We were all just laughing together and rejoicing in a really fun evening.”
Austin opened for Taylor during her “Red” tour, so it’s likely that Taylor was the one who set up the dinner, Selena was just the messenger.
Either way, Austin’s definitely part of the crew now (or the “A Team,” if you ask Ed Sheeran) — he must be thrilled. What do you think of Austin and Selena’s red carpet encounter, HollywoodLifers? Watch it below (fast-forward to about 0:41) and let us know!
WATCH: Austin Mahone At The 2013 Billboard Music Awards