Blake Lively and Leo Get Hot and Heavy; Alec Baldwin Falls for His Yoga Teacher

Blake Lively lives it up with Leo, fumes over alleged nude photo scandal

Blake Lively LeoWhen Blake Lively and Leonardo DiCaprio were spotted on Steven Spielberg's yacht in Cannes about a week ago, they looked too cozy to be just buddies, but since Leo had just broken up with longtime girlfriend Bar Rafaeli, a budding romance between the ladies man and the Gossip Girl starlet seemed too good to be true. It's time to set aside your doubts, because the Blake and Leo affair is on: the pair has been traipsing around the South of France together, sneaking in and out of hotel rooms and holding hands on the streets of Monte Carlo during romantic moonlit strolls. [AmyGrindhouse] Some sources are reporting that the couples seems to be "in love" but I think it's more likely that they're just two very nice-looking, very wealthy young people frolicking in a land of white sandy beaches and azure waves without a care in the world. They're enjoying themselves and having a good time together, for sure — but don't mistake that for love. [AnythingHollywood]

If thinking about Blake and Leo's pretty picture perfect lives makes you boil with resentment about the state of your own, you can take some comfort in Blake Lively's latest mishap: last night, a series of alleged nude photos of the golden girl were posted on the Internet (in my fantasy world, the photos are real and Bar Rafaeli is behind the leak). The girl in the photos is very, very naked, and she poses in the mirror as she photographs herself with an iPhone. Since Blake Lively's latest film, Green Lantern, is opening next week, some observers have this pegged as a publicity stunt, but it's hard to believe the It Girl would need that kind of publicity and anyway, Karl would definitely disapprove and the Chanel employees would roll their eyes and hiss. Either way, the actress made sure to make a big stink about the photographs, shooting out a statement: "The photos of Blake Lively which have just surfaced on various websites including Perez Hilton and Zap2it.com are 100 percent FAKE. Blake has never taken nude photos of herself. Blake will pursue legal action against the publication which initially published these photographs and any other outlets that republish them in any manner." Mmmmk. But if they aren't photographs of you then you can't possibly have any legal control over whether or not they're published on independent, privately-owned media sites. Either way, I'd recommend that Blake forget about this photo scandal and get back on a yacht with Leo, stat. [INeedMyFix, HollywoodDame]


Alec Baldwin gets a little too close to his guru

Alec Baldwin has a new girlfriend and she's half his age. The 52-year-old actor has fallen head over heels for his yoga instructor, 28-year-old Hilaria Thomas. The couple last appeared together at Carnegie Hall's 120th anniversary after-party, and Baldwin is taking his new sweetheart to the Tony Awards. At Carnegie Hall, Baldwin and Thomas did look mismatched as a couple, but it's easy to see that Baldwin enjoys the attentions of a beautiful, toned younger woman, and Hilaria is flattered by the attentions of an older, hilarious, blue-eyed actor. I'd let them live, except I can't help but think about how all the attention might shake up Hilaria's life. Baldwin's new love is the director of Yoga Vida on University and 12th, and I'd bet that this week she'll be subjected to plenty of giggling and whispering behind her back in the studio, aggressive celebrity reporters calling the studio and asking for statements…  At the very least, she'll probably see a spike in new student registrations and, you never know, she might get to make an appearance on 30 Rock. [CelebDirtyLaundry]

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The high cost of slumming

Hipster lifestyle retailer Urban Outfitters is now selling ramen for five dollars ($3 on sale!). A similar brick of the fried noodles usually retails for ten to thirty cents, and even though ramen's really tasty, it tends to become a diet staple only when an individual is faced with a severe lack of funds. For $5, at least in New York, you could get two slices of pizza, a turkey sandwich from a bodega, two falafel pitas, samosas, or even a salmon avocado roll. Or, I guess, you could get a packet of ramen noodles from Urban Outfitters, because in urban bohemia, low-budget living isn't truly hip unless it's been co-opted by a major corporation. [Starcasm]