Gina Piccalo is a senior writer at The Daily Beast. She spent a decade at the Los Angeles Times covering Hollywood and is also a former contributing writer for Los Angeles Magazine. Her work has appeared in Elle, More and Emmy. She can be found at

Forget Samantha Jones. As a broken-down porn star in Meet Monica Velour, the Sex and the City icon inhabits a world far from Fifth Avenue. Gina Piccalo on the star's gutsy turn from Manolos to meth.

After winning an Oscar for 1997's As Good as It Gets, Hunt was a prolific movie and TV star. Then she dropped out. With a new movie opening, she tells Gina Piccalo where she went.

Sixty years ago, Marlon Brando revolutionized acting in A Streetcar Named Desire, creating a template for young actors. “You can’t help but be affected by him,” says Ryan Gosling.

He played a quadriplegic in The Sea Inside and won an Oscar as a hit man in No Country for Old Men, but his dying hustler in Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu’s new Biutiful, out Wednesday, may top them all. Bardem tells Gina Piccalo about losing himself in characters—and why he doesn’t perform to win awards.

Adventurous animated toys, flocks of dragons, and a brooding Leo DiCaprio made you open your wallet in 2010. Gina Piccalo remembers the blockbusters that left everyone else in the dust.

Just in time for the boozy holiday season, The Daily Beast presents 10 beloved videos of drunk stars, from David Hasselhoff wrestling a cheeseburger to Kiefer Sutherland climbing a Christmas tree.

The real Phillip Morris from I Love You Phillip Morris talks to Gina Piccalo about being duped by Steven Jay Russell: "I could just beat him to a pulp. But I love him."

Put away your Botox. Out-there cosmetic innovations, from “vampire filler” to trampoline necklifts, are taking over Hollywood. Gina Piccalo talks to plastic surgeons about the latest.

The stars are aligning to ruin Christmas. Astrologers say that for the first time in years, the tumultuous astrological cycle known as Mercury Retrograde falls during the holidays, causing "tears," "confusion," and "throwdowns" during the busy shopping and travel season.