Former 'N Sync star Lance Bass has marked the first anniversary of his engagement to fiance Michael Turchin by asking his beau to marry him again.
Bass, 35, presented his partner with a new gold and black ring in honour of the happy occasion on Sunday (31Aug14) - and then posted a photo of Turchin wearing his new jewelry online.
Turchin wrote, "Who gets proposed to a second time on the first anniversary of the first proposal?? This guy!!!"
The couple plans to wed in early 2015.
Actors Nathan Lane and Jeff Bridges have added new tributes to Robin Williams after learning of their former co-star's death on Monday (11Aug14). The stars of The Birdcage and The Fisher King have offered up thoughtful statements a day after the late funnyman hanged himself at his home in Marin County, California.
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Lane, who played Williams' lover in The Birdcage, says, "I feel I have to say something more than just 'heartbreaking and shocking' which everyone has said and I feel as well, but something a little more personal."
He adds, "One day in 1995 while riffing in the character of a snobby French toy store owner, Robin made me laugh so hard and so long that I cried. It seemed to please him to no end. Yesterday I cried again at the thought that he was gone. What I will always remember about Robin, perhaps even more than his comic genius, extraordinary talent, and astounding intellect, was his huge heart - his tremendous kindness, generosity, and compassion as an acting partner, colleague, and fellow traveller in a difficult world. My heartfelt condolences to his wife and family."
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And Bridges, who teamed up with Williams for The Fisher King, tells WENN, "I just want to acknowledge the fullness of life; the joy and the sadness that is in store for us all. I'm filled with both of them today, as I was last night after learning of my dear friend's passing."
The movie star reveals he thought he saw the ghost of Robin Williams outside the party following the New York premiere of his new film The Giver, where he also made mention of his pal's passing, but realised he was looking at eccentric Big Apple street personality Radio Man. He explains, "I remember pulling up to the boathouse where we had our party and I'm sitting there with my wife trying to gather myself and I look out the window and I say, 'Is that Robin? Is that his ghost?' No! It's Radio Man!"
"It brought back all of these wonderful feelings of what an amazing time we had together here in New York shooting The Fisher King. I remember when we were shooting Fisher King, Radio Man knows where all movies are shot; I don't know how he magically does that. I remember seeing Radio Man on the set and I could not believe how Robin's character was there in the flesh, in reality! I got out of the car and embraced Radio Man last night and looked at his face. I felt Robin's spirit when I embraced him. I was just looking out my window at The Essex House to Central Park, my favourite part about New York, and I'm remembering the last scene of me and Robin out there at four o'clock in the morning, naked. And Robin is just wild and free, and he says, 'Let the wild pony dance!' And he's rubbing his butt on the grass and he says, 'You know why dogs do this? Because they can!' We were just so wild and so I had to share that with you because that's what's going on so strongly how much I miss him and I'm sure you guys do too. What a gift he was to all of us."
Meanwhile, another of Williams' great co-stars, Forest Whitaker, who worked with the tragic star in Good Morning, Vietnam, has also added his tribute to the hundreds that are pouring in for the late star. He took to Twitter.com on Tuesday and wrote, "U touched our lives U touched our hearts U gave us laughter n joy U'r a beautiful soul U will be missed Our love to the family RIP Robin W (sic)."
"If I had to say who I thought the best singers were, I'd say first that I don't know there's a definitive answer, as, in my opinion it's subjective, and second that my focus is primarily rock singers. That said, I enjoy Freddie Mercury, Elvis Presley, Paul McCartney, Dan McCafferty, Janis Joplin, Michael Jackson, Elton John, Roger Daltrey, Don Henley, Jeff Lynne, Johnny Cash, Frank Sinatra, Jimmy Scott, Etta James, Fiona Apple, Chrissie Hynde, Stevie Wonder, James Brown and a ton of others... and would rather hear any of them anytime rather than me!" Axl Rose responds to a new online poll which placed his at the top of the world's greatest singers list.
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Gangstas. Thugs. Bad influences. Rappers have been called a lot of things (by themselves and others), but some of the most well-known rappers have a hidden passion and they're starting to let the world know about it. Like a handful of models who love to eat and cook, there are a few rappers out there who can throw down in the kitchen. Here are five rappers who are proud foodies.
We've seen him on Jourdan Dunn's cooking series, and he's also made crab cakes on ABC's The Chew. Everyone seems to enjoy his food, which is why he's about to drop his highly anticipated cook book. He spoke with Sway in the Morning about his health-conscious approach to cooking and eating, and also told Fuse he had some pretty cool ideas for recipe titles (including "FedsFettuccini").
Whatever you do, do not go to Bun B's food blog You Gotta Eat This on an empty stomach. We also do not recommend visiting that blog's Instagram page no matter how recently you just ate... at least if you're minding your diet. Because, no matter what, that pancake bacon stack is going to look amazing. Bun B also has some good studd for the more adventurous palette, including the jellyfish sushi he recently tried at Uchi Houston.
The Queens rapper played food critic for Vice for a while, and his food truck was wildly popular. Now that he's on tour, he's still finding excellent eats all over the world. Those insanely huge slabs of meat in New Zealand? Pretty scary... and delicious, we imagine.
Last year, Coolio sold off his entire music catalogue to fund his new ventures as a chef. This is probably a great idea, especially since his 2009 cookbook Cookin' with Coolio did so well, and he was a favorite during Rachael vs. Guy: Celebrity Cook Off (he actually placed second in the competition).
Perhaps more of a budding restaurateur than a foodie, Fab spent some time running around New York City and visited some of the city's dopest spots. If you haven't been to Sons of Essex yet, those mac 'n' cheese balls might do it for you.
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This Sunday marks the highly-anticipated return of CBS's The Good Wife, and many of us have been practically itching with excitement. Season 5 has been nothing short of explosive, with every episode kicking off or going out (or both) with a bang. In case you need a refresher on all of the madness between Alicia Florrick, Will Gardner, and the rest of the gang, here's a little recap to help you mentally prepare for this Sunday:
It's [Still] All About Alicia & Will
This has been an excellent season for the former lovers. After some serious sexual tension last season, it looked like, if only for a moment, there was a chance that the Willicia reunion many of us had been hoping for was afoot. But then Peter started making goo-goo eyes at his wife again, and Alicia went and left the firm, and that was the end of that. They've spent the majority of Season 5 being awful to each other (mainly Will), fighting over clients and using their sexual and romantic past to get back at each other in the court room. It's made for some great TV, and we can only assume that things will get more heated as the season progresses.
Peter's in Trouble... But at Least He's Not the Babydaddy
The new episode will pick up with a focus on this whole stolen election scandal. Did Peter actually, truly, steal the election? And is his time as Illinois state Governor coming to an end? This is some serious drama, but at least we know he's not the father of Marilyn Garbanza's baby. That pregnancy storyline was positively frightening.
Grace Got Hot; This May Still Be An Issue
Amidst all of this political scandal and courtroom drama, let's not forget that little Grace Florrick... uh... blossomed this season. Thankfully, she's still got her head in the books (and in her Bible), but it's going to be interesting to see if this comes up in the plot again. Earlier in the season she ended up on that hot political daughters website that was actually hacking into her computer, and she was also a huge distraction to some members of Florrick Agos and Associates.
Will Alicia's Firm Survive?
Between her husband's scandal and the devious antics of her ex, Alicia Florrick's new firm is in a pretty awkward position. We've all been rooting for Florrick Agos; they're the underdog now that LG (previously known as Lockhart Gardner) is the big firm in town. But something tells us this David and Goliath battle will be playing out for some time.
The Only Thing You Really Need to Get Ready for Sunday
Seriously. The Good Wife "Thicky Trick" cast video is all you'll ever need in life. You're welcome.
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For the bulk of every Rocky and Bullwinkle episode, moose and squirrel would engage in high concept escapades that satirized geopolitics, contemporary cinema, and the very fabrics of the human condition. With all of that to work with, there's no excuse for why the pair and their Soviet nemeses haven't gotten a decent movie adaptation. But the ingenious Mr. Peabody and his faithful boy Sherman are another story, intercut between Rocky and Bullwinkle segments to teach kids brief history lessons and toss in a nearly lethal dose of puns. Their stories and relationship were much simpler, which means that bringing their shtick to the big screen would entail a lot more invention — always risky when you're dealing with precious material.
For the most part, Mr. Peabody & Sherman handles the regeneration of its heroes aptly, allowing for emotionally substance in their unique father-son relationship and all the difficulties inherent therein. The story is no subtle metaphor for the difficulties surrounding gay adoption, with society decreeing that a dog, no matter how hyper-intelligent, cannot be a suitable father. The central plot has Peabody hosting a party for a disapproving child services agent and the parents of a young girl with whom 7-year-old Sherman had a schoolyard spat, all in order to prove himself a suitable dad. Of course, the WABAC comes into play when the tots take it for a spin, forcing Peabody to rush to their rescue.
Getting down to personals, we also see the left brain-heavy Peabody struggle with being father Sherman deserves. The bulk of the emotional marks are hit as we learn just how much Peabody cares for Sherman, and just how hard it has been to accept that his only family is growing up and changing.
But more successful than the new is the film's handling of the old — the material that Peabody and Sherman purists will adore. They travel back in time via the WABAC Machine to Ancient Egypt, the Renaissance, and the Trojan War, and 18th Century France, explaining the cultural backdrop and historical significance of the settings and characters they happen upon, all with that irreverent (but no longer racist) flare that the old cartoons enjoyed. And oh... the puns.
Mr. Peabody & Sherman is a f**king treasure trove of some of the most amazingly bad puns in recent cinema. This effort alone will leave you in awe.
The film does unravel in its final act, bringing the science-fiction of time travel a little too close to the forefront and dropping the ball on a good deal of its emotional groundwork. What seemed to be substantial building blocks do not pay off in the way we might, as scholars of animated family cinema, have anticipated, leaving the movie with an unfinished feeling.
But all in all, it's a bright, compassionate, reasonably educational, and occasionally funny if not altogether worthy tribute to an old favorite. And since we don't have our own WABAC machine to return to a time of regularly scheduled Peabody and Sherman cartoons, this will do okay for now.
If nothing else, it's worth your time for the puns.
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Vanessa Hudgens suffered a severe panic attack while portraying a pregnant teenager in her new film Gimme Shelter. The 25-year-old actress plays teenage mum-to-be Agnes 'Apple' Bailey, who is forced to live on the streets after running away from her abusive mother.
In the film, Hudgens acted out extreme situations, including eating from a trash can and downing a raw egg, but one violent car-stealing scene sent her over the edge.
Hudgens tells website redeyechicago.com, "The stealing the car was really traumatic for me for some reason because the guy who tells me to get in the car, his name was Jeff, he was kind of my bodyguard, he was looking out for me the whole time.
"And they wanted me to drive the car really close to him and he bangs on it and he yells at me, and it was so much to take all at the same time that I just had a panic attack and I kind of lost it for a second because it was really overwhelming."
She adds, "And then eating out of the garbage was horrible as well because there was a paparazzi there that day so pictures are out of 'Vanessa eating out of the trash,' and I'm like, 'No, it's Apple.'"
Look. We know you love Scandal. We know you kind of want to be Olivia Pope. And we get that your Christmas wish list consisted of mainly Scandal-related paraphernalia. But the ABC drama series, now in the midst of a pretty epic third season, is a dangerous show to get addicted to, especially if you've been taking any relationship cues from the main characters. We love these guys, but here are a few Scandal folks you probably, definitely, should not call if you need some healthy advice on love.
Abby (played by Darby Stanchfield) has put her boyfriend through the ringer so many times, it's sad. Poor David Rosen can't get a break, with Abby stealing Cytron cards from him, lying to him to cover for Olivia Pope & Associates, and asking about a gazillion favors from him now that he's the U.S. Attorney for Washington D.C. Now that the two are open about their job descriptions, Abby and David are a much better couple. But Abby's a Gladiator first, which could prove detrimental to this relationship (again).
Cyrus has done so many horrible, awful, grimey things to his husband James, it's difficult to know where to begin. There was that time he put a hit out on him. That time he got him a baby, just so James would stop working as a journalist and stop dipping into all of Cyrus's political dirt. But all of that paled in comparison to the stunt he pulled this season. If you were ever thinking of getting ahead of your political opponent, probably don't use your husband as sexual bait for that opponent's closeted gay husband. Bad idea.
We love Fitz. But seriously. In three seasons we've watched him bounce back and forth between Olivia and his wife Mellie (okay, more Olivia than Mellie), plus there was that Amanda Tanner situation. We know he loves Olivia, but there was that one unforgivable, postcoital conversation they had in which he told Olivia, "I may not be able to control my erections around you, but that doesn’t mean I want you. We are done." Ouch. And no.
Olivia herself has openly admitted on the show that she is a hot mess when it comes to love. She's kind of a mistress, kind of not. She dated Senator Davis and pretty much led him on, refusing to tell him that she was totally still in love with the President. Then there was the Jake versus Fitz fiasco (actually, that may still be ongoing). Now don't get us wrong -- this all makes for great television. And this character has had some wonderful, empowering moments on the series. But we think it'll be a while before Olivia finds herself in a drama-free relationship.
The characters on ABC's Scandal are so compelling, it's difficult to pick a favorite. Are you Team Fitz or Team Jake? All of the Gladiators are awesome (but Huck is probably your favorite). And then there's Olivia Pope -- she's in a class by herself, but even the great Kerry Washington has been upstaged on occassion. Mellie Grant (played by Bellamy Young) is fantastic, and this season Papa Pope (Joe Morton) has stolen the show in a few episodes. But Cyrus Beene? Now he is truly incomparable. And if you're a dedicated Scandal fan, there's a chance that he's your favorite character on the show. If not, allow us to persuade you.
He Has The Best Monologues Ever
There was that time when he went off on President Fitz about how his life would end up if he resigned from office. That time when he went off on Olivia and compared the electoral process to the magic fairytale that is Christmas. That time he went off about what an amazing President he would have been. I mean, we could go on. Cyrus goes off a lot, and every time it is pure gold.
He Is The Worst Husband Ever ... But Still Kinda Sweet
When Cyrus refers to himself as an "animal" (not just a political animal, but an animal proper), he means that he's the type of guy to order a hit out on his own husband when that husband threatens to expose him to the world for tampering with a presidential election. True story. But he's also the kind of guy to call that hit off at the last minute because, deep down, he really loves his hubby.
He Is Employee Of The Month, Every Month
You don't know work ethic until you see Cyrus Beene making phone calls from an ambulance, minutes after suffering from a heart attack. When he found out that Reston and Billy Chambers had been working together and plotting against his beloved President Fitz his heart lit'rally gave out. And he still couldn't stop working because he is the definition of Employee of the Month, every month. Beyoncé herself looks like the second-hardest working person in the world next to this guy. And for that, we love him.
ABC’s country music-based Nashville has made a name for itself within the musical television drama world. Its only other competitors are veteran Glee and already-knocked-out Smash. While Glee appeals to the younger demographic and Smash appealed to no one, Nashville has drawn in the older crowds who love music — not necessarily country — as well as fully developed plots and characters.
In Nashville’s sophomore season, they’ve focused a little less on the music and more on the complicated relationships and stories that make the show so entertaining. Although some fans may complain, this is actually a step in the right direction. While most episodes in Nashville’s first season more resembled three to four music videos loosely strung together by weak plotlines, the show’s second season has been able to weave the musical performances into the narrative more seamlessly.
Plus, since Rayna James (Connie Britton) went a couple episodes without singing at all and Juliette Barnes (Hayden Panettiere) is more focused on her business, the show has been able to feature other artists more heavily. Scarlett O’Conner (Clare Bowen) has more songs on the season two soundtrack than anyone else. Meanwhile tracks from Layla Grant (Aubrey Peeples), Will Lexington (Chris Carmack) and Zoe (Chaley Rose) are highlights on the album.
Besides, there are some seriously catchy tunes on Nashville’s season two soundtrack like “Crazy Tonight,” “Trouble Is,” “Gonna Get Even” and “What If I Was Willing.” These songs, like those from the first season, are fun and enjoyable even for people who claim to hate country music. (You can tell yourself it’s not country because it’s from a TV show, but it is. Just embrace it.)