Weekend News Roundup! Pattinson and Lautner’s Liplock; The Real ‘Monster’ Video; Fake Louboutin Upgrades


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.


• Last night’s MTV Movie Awards brought a couple of shocks—notably, a kiss between Robert Pattinson and Taylor Lautner—and a couple of non-shocks, like a slew of awards for The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (Best Movie, Best Female Performance, Best Male Performance, Best Kiss, Best Fight—all the awards that matter!). Plus, a couple of awards we were pleasantly surprised to see: Interview pal Chloë Grace Moretz won both Best Breakout Star and Biggest Badass Star, while our friend-crush Emma Stone won Best Comedic Performance for Easy A. [MTV]

• Oh, and Robert Pattinson dropped the f-bomb while presenting the Generation Award to Reese Witherspoon, making a confusing joke about his roles in Vanity Fair and Water for Elephants. She dropped it right back when accepting the award, calling him “the best motherfucker in Hollywood.” [THR]

• We thought we’d handled this months ago, but the official cut of Kanye West’s “Monster” video is now out—with better lighting and a new disclaimer: “The following content is in no way to be interpreted as misogynistic or negative towards any groups of people. It is an art piece and shall be taken as such.” We think this wording could’ve used a little tweaking—maybe it would’ve been better for Kanye to say the video isn’t intended to be misogynistic or negative, rather than trying to dictate viewers’ reactions? If it’s misogynistic, it will be interpreted that way, whether you like it or not. We’ll write your copy if you need a hand in the future, ‘Ye. [Vulture]

X-Men: First Class won the weekend box office with $56M, which sounds good but was probably actually a disappointment against its $160M budget. The Hangover Part II fell 62% since last weekend, bringing in $32.4M, which brings its total to a still-ridiculous $186.9M. Third place went to Kung Fu Panda 2 with $24.3M, and Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides and Bridesmaids finished out the top 5 with $18M and $12M, respectively. [BOM]

• Here is a solar-powered swimsuit that doubles as an iPod charger. Its Brooklyn-based designer also hopes to make a men’s swimsuit that could cool beer. [NYP]

• If you want to trick out cheap shoes to make them look like Louboutins, but the idea of buying that girl’s stickers weirds you out, you could always go to Andrade Shoe Repair and ask for the “red sole upgrade”—the cobbler will use the same rubber he uses to repair Loubs on a different pair of shoes if you ask. [MAS]

• A stage version of that sweet 2006 movie about the singing Irishman and the singing Czech girl and the broken vacuum cleaner, Once, will open at New York Theater Workshop in November and may continue on to Broadway. [NYT]