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Kristen Bell said sexy Burlesque role didn`t come naturally

You Again, Film Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California. - Russ Einhorn / Splash News

You Again, Film Premiere, El Capitan Theatre, Hollywood, California. – Russ Einhorn / Splash News

Burlesque star Kristen Bell says it didn’t come naturally to her to act sexy in the new film.

The 30-year-old actress, who has starred in flicks such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall and When in Rome, plays Christina Aguilera’s rival.

But Bell admitted she wasn’t comfortable playing a sexy role.

She told UK newspaper the Daily Record: ‘At first I wasn’t comfortable with it at all. I think I can work the cute card realistically but I’ve never really worked the sexy card.

‘But I was surrounded by these beautiful women who had embraced their own sensuality and were like, ‘Push your boobs up and have some fun, because it’s empowering’.

‘So I loosened up. But it was scary. It’s not who I walk around as. I’m not that way in real life.’

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“Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Unrated)” Now Available on the iTunes Movie Store

Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Unrated), the latest comedy by Nicholas Stoller, is now available from the iTunes Movie Store. The title is available as a rental for $2.99 and can be purchased for $9.99. A preview of the movie is also available on Apple’s website.

The movie’s written description is, “Join the cast of Forgetting Sarah Marshall as they dare to bare all in this Unrated version of the film filled with more laughs, more adventure and way more fun! Peter (Jason Segel) is a struggling musician who finds his world turned upside down when his TV celebrity girlfriend, Sarah Marshall (Kristen Bell), dumps him for a tragically hip rock star. It’s the hysterically funny look at how far one man will go to forget a girl – and all the fun he finds along the way!

“The movie’s copyright is listed as “2008 Universal Studios. All Rights Reserved.”.

If you are not familiar with the iTunes Movie Store, it’s a place to rent or purchase the latest Hollywood movies in high-definition. Whether you’re looking for a romantic comedy, an action-packed drama or a sci-fi thriller, iTunes has what you’re looking for–thousands of movies from every major Hollywood studio. When you buy a movie, you also gain access to special features called iTunes Extras including interviews, trailers, and photos that you can watch in iTunes on your Mac or PC.

Movies that are rented or purchased on the iTunes Movie Store, such as Forgetting Sarah Marshall (Unrated), can be played on either a Mac or PC. They can be streamed to an AppleTV and synced to iPod and iPad devices.

The iTunes Store first launched in 2003 as the iTunes Music Store, initially offering a library containing 200,000 music downloads. Since then, the iTunes Store has begun offering apps, movies, audio books, podcasts, TV shows and e-books. More than 10 billion songs have been sold on iTunes, now accounting for more than 70% of digital music sales worldwide. Apple recently launched iTunes Ping, which allows users to discover new music, follow their friends and keep track of their favorite artists. The iTunes store is also the only place to get apps for iPhone, iPod Touch and iPad.

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Kristen Bell ‘turned down Russell Brand advances’

Kristen Bell threatened to kick Russell Brand where it hurts, when he tried his known womanizing antics on her.

The pair starred together in the 2008 film ‘Forgetting Sarah Marshall’ and during the shoot in Hawaii, Brand, still in his pre-Katy Perry days and thinking he might be in with a chance with Bell, sent his other female companion home and tried to work his magic.

However, none of it worked on the gorgeous Kirsten Bell.

“I made it really clear from the beginning that I would sock him in the b***s if he tried anything. So he was intimidated, truth be told,” the Daily Mail quoted her as saying.

“Actually, I loved working with Russell. I may be the only woman in the world who would shout that from the rooftops, but I did. There’s a secret Russell that he doesn’t show many people – one that’s really kind and considerate.

“True, he did say he found me repulsive and grotesque, but he realized saying stuff like that just got my funny bone. He’s a really sweet boy. Underneath that wig,” added Bell.

Kristen made her name in the TV series Veronica Mars, playing the high school detective, and went on to star in Heroes as the electricity-generating Elle Bishop, and is also narrator of Gossip Girl.

Kristen also admitted that had Brand once played a prank on her grandfather – making him a series of calls and explicitly outlining his liaison with Bell.

“I would have hibernated and then gone and beaten Russell up. Sometimes he goes too far and when you push the limit, there are consequences,’ she says, ‘Do I wish I could rip out the duct tape and just cover Russell’s mouth with it? Of course I do,” she concluded. (ANI)

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School Bell

School Bell

HOLLYWOOD — Remember high school? Kristen Bell does. In the late 1990s, she attended a small Catholic high school in Royal Oak, Michigan, just outside Detroit, before becoming a TV and movie star (Veronica Mars, Forgetting Sarah Marshall).

“I was a very normal kid,” the blond, brown-eyed actress, recalls. “I wasn’t really picked on. I was very outgoing and pretty balanced, but I certainly had insecurities.”

Petite and afflicted with a minor lazy eye condition, she could have been the target of mean girls, but she was focused on drama and music, so she didn’t have time to allow people to intimidate her. Plus, she had a friend who was bigger and could defend her from those who dared pick on her.

“There certainly was the hierarchy that exists everywhere,” she recalls of her close-knit school. “There wasn’t the stereotypical bully or mean girl though, because the consequences were too great. You couldn’t push someone in the hallway and not expect to see them again.”

Still, she knows how people’s high school experience — whether they were the bully, the victim, the popular kid or the nerd — can affect them well into adulthood. So when she read Moe Jelline’s script for the comedy You Again, a comedy about a young woman who discovers the girl who bullied her throughout high school is engaged to marry her brother, she could completely relate, and believed audiences would relate too.

“It’s a story that translates to everybody,” Bell says. “Everybody’s known a mean girl. What this movie points out is that sometimes even mean girls have mean girls.”

As Marni, Bell starts to revert back to her nerdy teenaged self when Joanna, the pretty, popular high school classmate shows up on the arm of her brother years later, and the couple announces their engagement. As told in flashbacks, Joanna (Odette Yustman) was merciless toward bespectacled, acne-scarred Marni back in the day, teasing and humiliating her endlessly. Years later, Joanna appears to have completely forgotten her past transgressions — or has she?
Bell also liked that You Again offered an opportunity to work again with Andy Fickman, who convinced her to move to Hollywood after he directed her in the offbeat musical satire, Reefer Madness. (He later directed her in the Emmy winning Reefer Madness: The Movie Musical, which aired on Showtime in 2005.)

“I usually won’t question anything if Andy is involved because I know how much fun I’ll have on the set,” she says in her perky way. “I don’t care if he’s directing PSAs for a theme park in the Midwest, I would be involved in it.”

She describes Fickman as a “ball of positive energy” whose directing style is “actor-friendly” and collaborative.

“Even if he thinks it’s not going to work, he’ll still let you try something,” she says.

One suggestion he nixed was Bell’s idea to give her character, Marni, even more pimples as a high schooler than she ended up having in the film.

“I wanted white on the end of the pimples,” she says, almost conspiratorially. “I had some killer whiteheads in high school so I wanted Marni to look even worse than she does, but he said ‘no.’”

You Again also afforded Bell an opportunity to work with a couple of Hollywood legends: Oscar nominee Sigourney Weaver, Jamie Lee Curtis and octogenarian “It” girl Betty White.

Curtis plays Bell’s mom, who as it turns out was intimidated by Joanna’s aunt (played by Weaver) when they were in high school, and their old rivalry heats up as the wedding plans get under way. White plays Bell’s sweet but goofy grandmother, Bunny. Getting to work with multiple generations of female actresses with well-honed comedic chops was a welcome reward for Bell.

“It’s so few and far between that you read a really good female-driven comedy that has so many feisty and sassy women,” she says. “When I heard that Sigourney and Jamie Lee were going to be in this, I didn’t know what to do. I was off my rocker. I was like, ‘I can’t believe this.’

They’re awesome women and it was just really interesting to work with them as peers. And what can I say about Betty? She’s just always the funniest person in the room.”

Bell has been on a streak of headlining successful feature comedies since her popular TV series, Veronica Mars, ended in 2007 after three seasons, first on UPN and then the WB. In addition to Forgetting Sarah Marshall, she also starred in Couples Retreat and most recently, When in Rome. (She reprised her Sarah Marshall character for a cameo in Get Him to the Greek.) Though it may seem she’s been working nonstop, she says she feels she has sufficient down time.

“I’ve had spans of two or three months where I didn’t have any work and I thought no one’s going to ever hire me again. Start digging my grave,” she says. “There’s that weird insecurity that swirls around in your mind that never goes away.”

Bell isn’t sitting around with nothing to do now. She wrapped Burlesque, in which she co-stars with Cher and Christina Aguilera. The music-filled drama hits theaters Nov. 24.

Bell, who stays fit by running daily, says learning to dance for Burlesque was a challenge.

“Dancers work harder than anyone — fact,” she says. “I can look at a script, read a scene two or three times and memorize it because that muscle is trained. Dancing is a muscle of not just using the tools in your body but memorizing the choreography. But they were really supportive and I had a lot of rehearsal time. And the women I worked with — I keep working with really good groups of women.”

She also has a supporting role in Wes Craven’s upcoming Scream 4, and she has resumed her recurring role as the unseen narrator on the hit series, Gossip Girl.

She next stars opposite Drew Barrymore in the adventure drama Everybody Loves Whales, which is shooting in Alaska.

She also is engaged to actor Dax Shepard, who stars on the hit TV series Parenthood. Though they co-starred in When in Rome, Bell says she doesn’t expect to work with him anytime soon. They haven’t yet set a wedding date.

“We’re just enjoying being engaged,” she says, smiling. — Nielsen Entertainment News Wire

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Kristen Bell flips off the camera

You have got to love her.

For her snark, cuteness, and her sass.

Okay… in all fairness, the gif is deceiving.  Watch the clip too.

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Russell Brand talks about Bell in His New Book

My Booky Wook 2

by Claire Zulkey October 21, 2010
    My Booky Wook 2

A few years ago, comedian Russell Brand was a burgeoning star in America, largely known for a funny supporting role in Forgetting Sarah Marshall and for pissing people off with his 2008 VMAs hosting gig. His 2008 memoir, My Booky Wook, was a good introduction to the “spindly liquorice man, this sex-crazed linguistic bolt of tricks and tics and kohl-eyed winks,” a self-centered, self-mocking addict who could charm the pants off most people—often literally. In addition to being an honest reflection on addiction and self-destruction, Booky Wook was also a glimpse at British stardom.

Now Brand has crossed over. Thanks to two major upcoming films, Arthur and The Tempest, plus his wedding to singer Katy Perry, his fame has grown exponentially. His second memoir, My Booky Wook 2: This Time It’s Personal, picks up where the first one ends, but the transition is abrupt. By the end of My Booky Wook, Brand has completed rehab, and is still largely a celebrity in his own mind; at the start of Booky Wook 2, he’s bedding Kate Moss. Brand, a strong writer who sprinkled fizzy language throughout his first book like dragée, is most fun when he sums up his celebrity friends: Courtney Love is a “mad enchantress, a rasping white witch, barmy and opinionated and lion-hearted,” Juliette Lewis a “grubby sparkle of a woman; intense and pensive, crackling and sharp,” and Kristen Bell, affectionately, “Wonk-eye Bell.”

It’s ironic that Brand’s second book is subtitled This Time It’s Personal. It feels less personal than the first, as Brand is whisked along fame’s corridor. While it’s still funnier, more intelligent, and more authentically written than most celebrity autobiographies, Brand lost something between his two books, perhaps because he had less time to work on the sequel. Booky Wook 2 also feels padded, thanks to several pages’ worth of dialogue from Brand’s BBC radio show, angry letters from VMA viewers, and e-mails from Morrissey.

In My Booky Wook, Brand was merrily unapologetic about his various addictions, and in Booky Wook 2, he leads a parade of women through its pages, giving a first-hand glimpse at rock-star-level sex. But his upcoming marriage to Perry looms over the book. Even though she doesn’t appear until the last few pages, there’s a sense that Brand feels obligated to chide himself for his exploits, which occasionally feels disingenuous. Similarly, he occasionally attempts to take a sober look at wealth and fame, but again, it doesn’t feel like he had time to work out his true feelings on the matter, whereas My Booky Wook led readers on a leisurely, funny, sad tour through his ego via his verbose meanderings. However, as in his first book, Brand is an expert at aiming at himself first, like when he discusses how much tedious work making a movie can be: “When you see the end product all the pain and hard work seem worthwhile, like giving birth, right girls? Yep, that’s what I’m saying, [filmmaking’s] like childbirth. Only a lot more important obviously.”

At the end of My Booky Wook, Brand fans got an impression of what it’d be like to hang out with their favorite randy, overarticulate comedian. Booky Wook 2 is pleasurable in its own way, but lets readers know that Brand is now operating on a different plane. He may not be happy about it, but that’s how it is.

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