Why Is Everyone Sucking Up To Kate Beckinsale This Year?

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LL Cool J sucked up to Kate Beckinsale at the Grammys 2012Last night's Grammys had a random guest in actress Kate Beckinsale, who appeared alongside host LL Cool J to announce Katy Perry‘s new song “Part of Me.” If her presence weren't odd enough, LL Cool J was falling all over himself to compliment Kate's looks on-screen and off.

Introducing Kate as a sexy and cool actress, LL Cool J gushed, “She was in all the movies I saw this year.” We consulted IMDb and discovered that since 2009 she's had only two recent projects, Contraband and Underworld: Awakening. So, LL Cool J has just admitted that he's only seen two movies since the new year.

And it's not just him: We had the same rigamarole with Seth Rogen at the Golden Globes, when he joked, “Hello, I'm Seth Rogen, and I'm currently trying to conceal a massive erection.” Kate looked the same: Strapless white dress, updo, and wry embarrassment at the slightly-inappropriate compliment. Sure, she's lovely, but why have there been two instances of really public Beckinsale lovin' in the span of a month?

I racked my brain to think of why her publicist is booking Kate appearances at events as random as the Grammys, and all I can come up with is that Kate is starring in the Total Recall remake. She's playing Douglas Quaid's (Colin Farrell) wife Lori, the role that belonged to Sharon Stone in the 1990 original.

The remake has an August 3rd release date, so maybe her reps want to keep her in the public eye in the intervening half-year? Perhaps the next place she'll show up — because three instances make for a bonafide trend — is the Razzies on April Fool's Day.

That, or Hollywood just has a massive, communal crush on Kate. After all, it is Fantasy Crush Week.

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