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Jennifer Aniston topless again (to advertise her perfume)

jennifer-anistonIf there’s one thing that Jennifer Aniston has no doubt learned, it’s that topless shots get buzz. (Okay, that’s not exactly one of life’s great mysteries.) But there appears to be a legitimate reason why she’s half-nude in the gorgeous black-and-white promo shots advertising her new perfume, Lolavie, which will be sold exclusively at Harrods. “I am not a big perfume-y fragrance fan,” she told the Daily Mail. “I want people to go, ‘What is that?’ ‘You smell great!’ But most of all, I wanted it to smell natural.” Topless in one of her favorite holiday spots = natural.

I don’t think I could bring myself to buy a perfume bottle with Jennifer Aniston’s name on it, but it is the first celebrity scent I’ve had an urge to sniff in a while. If you’ve flipped through the March 2010 Architectural Digest cover story on her home, you know she takes her artistic collaborations seriously and is telling the truth when she says she was involved with the scent’s development every step of the way. I feel like she would create a scent that light enough to float to the ceiling of a room, whereas, say, Britney Spears, who’s announced her new scent, Radiance, would create one strong enough to mask an odor. Are you tempted to smell Aniston’s signature scent?

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Orlando Bloom and Kim Cattrall cross the pond for college graduations

honorary-degreesForget free handbags and front row concert tickets. The biggest celebrity perk these days is an honorary degree from a prestigious university. Just ask Orlando Bloom and Kim Cattrall, who each received one this week from their hometown schools. Bloom picked up his degree today at England’s University of Kent in England with his family and fiancée, model Miranda Kerr, in tow, while fellow Brit Kim Cattrall (yep!) picked up her honorary degree from her hometown college, Liverpool John Moores University.

Sartorially speaking, Orlando is pretty much swimming in that maroon muumuu-like robe, but leave it to the Sex and the City star to work her amorphous royal blue robe like it was a hot-to-trot mini Samantha would be seen in.

Fashion aside, you can hate on celebrities for getting honorary degrees all you want, but it’s clearly a win-win situation for both parties: The university gets publicity and the star gets to strut in a robe and graduation hat. But if you had to bestow specific degrees to these celebrities, what would they major in? Bachelors in Hotness in for Bloom? Masters in Cougarology for Cattrall? Sound off below!

Photo: Gareth Fuller/PA Photos/Landov; Peter Byrne/PA Photos/Landov

Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen announce new Olsenboye fall line

Growing up, one of my great aspirations was to be one of the Olsen twins. Michelle Tanner was my hero, I wanted to solve any crime by dinner time, and I thought being a twin was pretty much the coolest thing EVER. I realize now this dream was a bit unrealistic. But even more unrealistic is that a part of me still holds on to that dream. Yeah, I said it. I still like the Olsen twins. So whenever I hear that Mary-Kate and Ashley are making headlines for positive things, I can’t help but beam with pride. (Don’t judge. I know I’m not the only one who owns and likes New York Minute. OK, you can judge a little.)

And the Olsens are at it again, this time with a new fall collection for their line, Olsenboye. (See a sneak peek of the line embedded after the jump.) The juniors collection for JCPenney features casual sportswear and accessories inspired from a different city around the world — New York and Los Angeles, so far. But for their third collection, the ladies hopped across the pond to London to create their Brit-inspired looks. READ FULL STORY

'Lost' star Evangeline Lilly: Children's book author?

Lost looker Evangeline Lilly dropped by Craig Ferguson’s couch last night for some after-hours chit chat. And after covering a few non-kid-friendly topics (Ferguson’s snake-shape mug, the potential removability of Lilly’s dress, etc.), she shifted gears to give a sneak peek of a children’s book she’s writing called Squickerwonkers (we’re guessing at the spelling there). Here’s a sample:


Jimmy Fallon considers the pros and cons of being a 'Dancing with the Stars' contestant

Jimmy, no one on Dancing With the Stars has ever worn a “red unitard.” Leotards and tights inspired by “Single Ladies,” yes. A sequined puce vest with the sole purpose of lifting/separating Gilles Marini’s bubble-butt cheeks in violet trousers, sure. Lingerie? Of course. But a red unitard? You should know better. You have been disqualified on a “testicality” because that ballroom dancing reality show has standards. After the jump, Fallon weighs the Pros and Cons of Being a DWTS Contestant. Could he hack it? Could you? READ FULL STORY

Joseph Gordon-Levitt wants to make art with you

Joseph Gordon-Levitt, the cheek-pinchable child actor (cuckoo for cocoa-puffs!) turned ’90s sitcom star, is now a fully grown serious adult thespian, with a slew of high-profile indie and commercial roles to his IMDB credit. But his passion, he recently told EW in a sit-down interview in Austin, Tex., is his long-running for-the-people-by-the-people project hitrecord.org (pronounced “hit reh-CORD,” not “hit RECK-ord”).

“It’s my production company,” he explains, rubbing the head he recently shaved bare to play a chemo patient in the Seth Rogen dramedy I’m With Cancer. “But rather than just working within the insular Hollywood industry, I wanted to open it up to anybody, because there are so many people all over the world who are doing great art, in New York, in the Philippines, anywhere — whether they’re writing or making music or taking photos. So the website is just a way for me to collaborate with those great artists all over the place. It’s a place for people to come and work with me.”

“I picked that name like five years ago,” he continues, “when it was just my little thing, and ‘Hit record’ was my mantra of like, ‘do it, press the button, make things’…. But rather than ‘Okay, audience, sit there and watch me do my thing,’ it’s a community — let’s all make something together. Anybody who wanted to put their stuff up there, if the community liked it, we could make it happen.”

So far, that means mostly short films like this one, featuring Gordon-Levitt himself and his two-time big-screen co-star (Stop Loss, G.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) Channing Tatum, along with a host of interactive collaborators via hitrecord, who contributed everything from animation to their glockenspiel skills (and were paid for their efforts).  READ FULL STORY

James Franco writes fiction for 'Esquire': Should he stick to his day job?

Spider-Man/Pineapple Express/Milk actor James Franco has been bettering himself over the last couple years, finishing up his undergrad degree at UCLA and then enrolling in MFA classes at both Columbia (creative writing) and NYU (film). Now, he’s got a short story, “Just Before the Black,” published in Esquire, and the bio for said story tells me a collection of his other short stories, Palo Alto, will be published by Scribner this October. As the editor of one of America’s least-prominent literary magazines for the past ten years (I don’t need to link it here; if you’re that curious, google), I can say this with some contextual certainty: James Franco’s short story in Esquire is slightly above average, nothing special. But it must be really handy to be famous. READ FULL STORY

Celebrity designers take over NY Fashion Week: We grade the looks

Last week was New York Fashion Week and as Rachel Zoe would say, it was bananas! High-profile designers like Marc Jacobs and their loyal following (the aforementioned Zoe) congregated in the Big Apple to unveil — and gawk at — the newest trends for the upcoming season.

But in addition to now-regular celebrities-turned-designers like Gwen Stefani, plenty of stars brought their creations to the catwalk this year, some as a one-off for a company and others for their own lines. Here, we grade the celebrity-infused runway collections from the meh (Kardashian) to the mahvelous (Posh!).

Victoria Beckham: The stone-faced former Spice Girl has certainly made a name for herself in the fashion world, getting attention from celebrities left and right. At an intimate Upper East Side venue, Posh showed her eponymous collection of slim dresses to the likes of Project Runway‘s Nina Garcia, and to sum it up, we’re in love. Dripping in embellishment, they are not, but Beckham’s classic dresses are all about great fit in bold hues like cobalt and red — paired with large sunglasses and sky-high heels, natch.
Grade: A+
Coveting: Metallic wrap dress READ FULL STORY

Michelle Williams sings the presidents -- What useful songs do you know?

Michelle Williams, at Sundance with critical fave Blue Valentine, is adorable singing the names of the 44 presidents with the help of a catchy tune (video embedded below). Pretty impressive, right? I learned this song to remember the states when I was about 11 and it still comes in handy today. And EW’s own Mike Bruno reminded me of the greatness of the Albania song on Cheers.

So, are you impressed by Michelle? What useful songs do you know?

'Twilight'-hater Miley Cyrus wants us to be nice. Can we do it?

Miley Cyrus — reportedly the only teenager in America who doesn’t give a rip about Twilight — is on the cover of Harper’s Bazaar this month, and uses the accompanying interview to speak her mind about the negative press she’s been getting for what seems like a thousand years but has really only been since about the same time she took off the blond Hannah Montana wig. “My job is to be a role model, and that’s what I want to do, but my job isn’t to be a parent,” she tells Harper’s. “My job isn’t to tell your kids how to act or how not to act, because I’m still figuring that out for myself. So to take that away from me is a bit selfish. Your kids are going to make mistakes whether I do or not. That’s just life.”

I think sensible people can agree that she makes a good point. But what about the following, in which she criticizes all the clutched-pearls hysteria surrounding her “racy” Annie Leibovitz photo shoot for Vanity Fair? “Here my parents are thinking they’re seeing a beautiful photograph by a major photographer, and the people of America want to see something dirty in that?” she says. “It doesn’t make sense to us because [my family] doesn’t look for negativity. But people don’t want to say ‘What a great performance’ or ‘What a great shot.”No one wants to look at something like that and see the positive because it doesn’t sell a magazine.”

I’ve gotta give it to her: If I’d titled this post “Miley Cyrus is pretty and seems like she’d be fun to hang out with,” you probably wouldn’t have clicked on it. General negativity — whether it’s snarky commentary (oops), quotes taken out of context, or blowing a non-event way out of proportion — does seem to be the way of the world, even more so in these instamatic, blogtastic times. But because I like Miley, and I really like “Party in the USA,” below, which I have been playing on repeat while writing this blog post, I am going to try and be a little nicer to her for the rest of the afternoon. Because she is pretty. And she seems like she’d be fun to hang out with. God this is boring. What do you think, PopWatchers?

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