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06/20/11 09:28 PM
Nikki Reed’s mini-comeback
I say “mini-comeback” because I think she’s hustling pretty hard these days and it’s barely paying off. I feel sorry for Nikki Reed, don’t you? She showed such promise at a young age, co-writing and co-starring in Thirteen, and I liked Mini’s First Time. But then she just…petered out. I think this sums it up:Friend: “Whatever happened to Nikki Reed?”Me: “She can’t get out of her own way.”She’s always reminded me of that Jane Austen line, Mr. Wickham has the happy manners that enable him to make friends. Whether he is equally able to keep them is less certain.
At twenty-three, Reed is on her fifth or sixth reinvention. It seems
like every couple years she has some dramatic “falling out” with
whatever friends she has and then she comes back with a new set of
friends and a new life plan. (The last one being when her play for
Robert Pattinson ended with her on the outside looking in after he
dropped her—cold and fast—when he finally won over Reed’s now-ex BFF
Kristen Stewart. Hard truths, Twihards, but the course of love never did
run smooth.) The current plan is “fiancée of an Idolator and general
music person”. She’s going to write songs? She’s spending a lot of time
in Nashville these days with her Idolator, so she’s talking about getting into music. Sure, okay. Give that a shot.I
saw Reed yesterday on Toronto’s Bloor Street. I barely noticed her—just
a “hey wait a minute” and a quick double-check left me 99% sure it was
her. She was doing that “look at me but don’t look at me” move that
Kirsten Dunst has perfected but Reed was doing a pretty good job of it
herself. She’s very pretty in person, with sexy showgirl legs and a
nicer complexion than I expected. Maybe she’s laid off the fake tanning?
She’s in Toronto for the Much Music Video Awards, at which she
presented the last award of the night. Her dress was a better effort
than she’s made in the past but the skirt was too full—it made her hips
look wide and did not maximize her crazy amazing legs. Pencil skirts,
Nikki! Try a pencil skirt!Will this latest reinvention pay off?
Doubt it. After all, she can’t get out of her own way. The train wreck
is coming and I wish she and/or the Idolator were more famous so someone
would be paying attention when it happens.PS: She took her
shoes off backstage and made the Idolator carry them around. Lainey
thinks Reed is the “K-Fed” in this relationship but I think they’re BOTH
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"I'm getting married – yes – to the lovely Nikki Reed. That's been really exciting," McDonald, 26, tells PEOPLE. "I'm really pumped up about that. She's an amazing lady, and I'm very lucky to be hanging out with her."While
McDonald is keeping mum about wedding details, he did confirm that the
planning is indeed underway. "I'll let you guys know those plans as soon
as they are allowed to come out," he says.The couple began
their whirlwind romance in March after meeting on the red carpet of Red
Riding Hood and have been inseparable ever since."We crossed paths on
this random American Idol journey," McDonald says. "That led me to my
future wife, so that's cool."
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09/11/12 12:10 PM
Exclusive Song Premiere: Paul McDonald’s “Counting Stars”
By Lyndsey Parker | Reality Rocks – 21 hours ago
Season 10 "American Idol" roots-rocker Paul McDonald--he of the Rod Stewart-esque rasp, rhinestone Nudie suits, and Pepsodent-commercial megawatt smile--may be following in the footsteps of his actress wife Nikki Reed by taking on a recurring role on NBC's "Parenthood"--but he's still a musician at heart, and he's currently at work on his long-overdue post-"Idol" album. And from the sound of "Counting Stars," a new track off the forthcoming "independent as it gets" release, going Hollywood hasn't changed this man one bit. He still sounds just like the gravel-voiced indie artist who charmed America with his understated covers of Rod The Mod's "Maggie May," the Beatles' "Blackbird," and Ryan Adams's "Come Pick Me Up," and he still sounds great. It's wonderful to hear his distinctive, character-filled voice once again.
Check out the exclusive premiere of Paul's country 'n' western-tinged desert ballad "Counting Stars" below...before he performs it on "Parenthood" this Tuesday night!
"I'm off to Nashville to record the full-length the next two months--with real musicians and some folks from my old band [the Grand Magnolias]," says Paul. "It will hopefully give it a cooler vibe. Writing in L.A. was a much different approach than my norm, mostly drum sounds on computers and crazy programs--which are cool, but I think I prefer the way it was done back in the day, with a bunch of dudes in a room playing music with real instruments. It's more fun that way, at least."
I personally can't wait to hear what comes of Paul's Nashville sessions. What do you think of Paul's new tune?
Buy "Counting Stars" on iTunes
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